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Government Wants to Keep Argument Going Over Parnell’s Expert Witness


Knowledge is a powerful thing, especially where it comes into play in a federal criminal case. A new dispute has erupted between government and defense lawyers in the pre-trial proceedings involving former Peanut Corporation of America chief executive Stewart Parnell’s all-over knowledge. Government prosecutors say Parnell’s defense attorneys have misstated the law regarding whether knowledge… Continue Reading

Government Prosecutors Ask Judge to Exclude Parnell’s ADHD Expert From Testifying


Government attorneys prosecuting former peanut executive Stewart Parnell want the testimony of a Virginia neuropsychologist excluded altogether from the trial scheduled to get under way this summer. In a three-pronged attack on Dr. Joseph C. Conley, Jr., the neuropsychologist who claims Parnell suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the government states that his testimony… Continue Reading

Parnell Attorney: Jury Will Consider ‘Two Factual Contexts’ if ADHD Expert Testifies


If Dr. Joseph C. Conley, Jr., is allowed to testify as an expert witness in this summer’s planned criminal trial of former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, Stewart Parnell’s attorneys say it could help win an acquittal for their client. Conley is the clinical neuropsychologist who diagnosed Parnell, former chief executive officer of the… Continue Reading

Expert Witness: Parnell’s ADHD Diagnosis ‘Not the Product of Reliable Principles and Methods’


Dueling experts kept the seat in a Georgia witness box warm for the better part of seven hours Thursday over the likelihood of Stewart Parnell having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. Parnell, the former chief executive officer for the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was present with his wife and two daughters in… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell in Federal Court Today With His ‘ADHD Expert’


Federal Judge W. Louis Sands will hear testimony today in his Albany, GA, courtroom on whether an expert witness should be allowed to testify later this summer that Stewart Parnell suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Parnell, former chief executive officer of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America, is scheduled to be tried with… Continue Reading

‘Daubert Hearing’ Scheduled for Stewart Parnell’s ADHD Witness

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Attorneys for the government and defendant Stewart Parnell have agreed on a date for a “Daubert hearing” to determine the viability of an expert witness ready to testify that the former peanut company executive suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A “Daubert hearing” is an evidentiary proceeding held by a federal judge to determine… Continue Reading

The Food Safety News Top 10 News Stories of 2013

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Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27…. Continue Reading

The Annual Food Safety News Christmas Eve ‘Naughty List’


Editor’s note: One of our Food Safety News Christmas traditions is to annually recognize those who have been “naughty” and those who have been “nice” – from a strictly food safety perspective, of course. This year, we’ve opted to split the lists so that we could devote all the attention that each list deserves. Check… Continue Reading

Peanut Corporation Criminal Trial Delayed Until Summer 2014

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The trials for former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell and three others have been pushed back from February 2014 to sometime in July or August, according to court documents released Wednesday. This is the second time the trial has been delayed, after first being pushed from October 2013 to February 2014, already more… Continue Reading

Federal Prosecutors May Want Their Own Psychoanalysis on Parnell

Last month, attorneys for Stewart Parnell said that the former Peanut Corporation of America CEO did not have the mental capacity to intentionally commit multiple felonies, including wire fraud and conspiracy, because he suffers from attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Now, in a motion filed Dec. 4, federal prosecutors say that if Parnell’s attorneys are… Continue Reading