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Parnell-Wilkerson appeals held up over access to trial exhibits

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Everybody seems to agree the 900 or so exhibits from a 2014 jury trial should be turned over in one form or another to the three defendants who are appealing their sentences and convictions in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution. Yet, it has not happened to the satisfaction of the defense. All parties… Continue Reading

PCA defense attorneys switch their focus to Atlanta for appeals

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Thomas G. Ledford, the court appointed defense attorney for the former quality control manager at the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America, made numerous attempts to get the trial court to let his client off. That client, 41-year old Mary Wilkerson, is now serving a five-year sentence for obstruction of justice at the federal correctional… Continue Reading

Bank gets Parnell house in foreclosure ahead of restitution ruling

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The house that once served as headquarters for Peanut Corporation of America is no longer owned by Stewart and Gloria Parnell. The five-bedroom house with four fireplaces site on five acres and has brick patios and walkways with wide planked Arkansas pine floors. It was acquired through foreclosure by American National Bank and Trust Co…. Continue Reading

Parnell brothers finally in prison for deadly peanut butter outbreak

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For the first time since they were sentenced last September, brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell are in federal prisons. The elder brother, Stewart Parnell, 61, is the former owner and chief executive officer of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). The company’s Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter products killed at least nine and sickened thousands in 2008-09. Stewart… Continue Reading

Restitution Hearing Today for PCA’s Mostly Absent Criminal Defendants

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The federal judge who has presided over the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case will conduct his likely last hearing in the case today, and the victims of the 2008-09 Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak are waiting for his restitution order. When the victims were heard prior to sentencing, Randy Napier and Jeff Almer, two men… Continue Reading

Release Pending Appeal is Denied for Parnell Brothers

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Brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell will not be released on bond pending the outcome of their appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta ruled. Judges for the Circuit, however, did on Jan. 8 grant the Parnell brothers more time to file their appellant briefs. The briefs are now due 40… Continue Reading

Stewart and Michael Parnell Want to Bond Out on Expanded Appeal

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Like ranch hands on a runaway wagon in the Old West, attorneys for Stewart Parnell and Michael Parnell are trying to get the reins straightened out while slowing down just enough for some to jump off. Appellate attorneys Justin M. Lugar and Joseph R. Pope, who respectively represent Stewart Parnell and Michael Parnell, want the U.S…. Continue Reading

Courts Will Continue to Be Food Safety Enforcement’s Big Stick in 2016

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Criminal courts have played a prominent role in food safety during both 2014 and 2015, and that will continue in 2016. We know that much for certain just by the amount of work the courts are carrying over into the New Year. We also know know the continuation of the restitution hearing before U.S. District… Continue Reading

Sands Offers PCA Defendants Hearings Before Imposing Restitution

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The trial court judge who only recently sent four defendants to federal prison for a total of 57 years is not quite through with them. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands this week let four of the five who were convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case know, through their attorneys,… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell, Like His Brother, Wants to be Released on Appeal Bond

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The former president of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), Stewart Parnell, has embraced several of his brother’s issues on appeal and also asked to be released on bond until those appeals are decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In a 55-page filing on behalf of Stewart Parnell, Gentry Locke… Continue Reading