It’s been a long haul, but Tuesday’s one-time peanut executive petitioned to vacate his conviction and sentence before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta.

Parnell was the top executive at the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) when in 2008-09, its peanut processing plant in Georgia was found to be the source of a multiple state Salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands and resulted in several deaths.    PCA’s peanut butter and paste recall was among the largest in history.

His attorney, Amy Lee Copeland of Savannah, is said to be the one you want if

Continue Reading Stewart Parnell takes habeas corpus petition to 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta

A decade after his indictment and a year after United States Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff denied his petition for early release, one-time peanut butter mogul Stewart Parnell still has one more card to play.

Parnell, 68, has 15 years to run on his sentence imposed after a 2014 jury conviction for numerous federal felonies associated with the deadly 2008-09 multistate Salmonella outbreak traced to his Peanut Corporation of America peanut processing facility in Blakely, GA. He is serving his time at the federal correctional facility at Hazelton, WV.

Parnell begins this year with a new appeal of his Habeas

Continue Reading Stewart Parnell looks for better Habeas in Atlanta than he just had in Mid-Georgia

Attorneys for brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell had no trouble finding errors in a magistrate judge’s recommendations that would deny their 28 U.S.C. §2255 motions.

 Federal inmates  may  challenge their convictions, obtain sentence reductions,  or be freed from prison altogether through 2255 motions. Both of the Parnells’ convictions were related to a deadly 2008-09 Salmonella outbreak associated with Peanut Corporation of America’s peanut processing plant at Blakey, GA. 

The brothers have been involved in the 2255 process for about two years. Their latest moves are responses filed May 6 to the magistrate recommendations for denial of their 2255 motions.

Continue Reading Attorneys for Parnell brothers file responses to keep their 2255 Motions alive

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff has ordered Stewart Parnell returned to the C.B. King Federal Courthouse in Albany, GA, on Feb. 24, 2021, for a hearing that could lead to freedom for the former peanut executive.

Parnell was sentenced in 2015 to a 28-year  prison term, which he is currently serving at a federal prison in South Carolina. He will be returned to the courtroom where a jury convicted him in 2014 so the federal magistrate can hear oral arguments on a motion to vacate his conviction and sentence on grounds he was denied effective counsel.

Two of
Continue Reading ‘Ineffective trial counsel’ gets Stewart Parnell the hearing that could set him free