Crime Victims' Rights Act

Victims of foodborne illness are often so numerous that the government wants to cast the wide internet in contacting them about felony prosecutions that often occur years later.

Federal prosecutors who plan to take former Blue Bell Creameries president Paul Kruse to a jury trial in July are telling the
Continue Reading Victims of 2015 Listeria outbreak involving Blue Bell invited to follow Kruse case

Poultry price-fixing has thousands of victims, making it impossible to notify them individually or accord all of their rights contained in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act  (CVRA). 

Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys Heather Call and Michael Koenig are therefore asking the U.S. District Court for Colorado to permit a “reasonable
Continue Reading Thousands of poultry price-fixing victims are a challenge for the court

Since a Salmonella Tennessee outbreak was traced to Peter Pan and certain Great Value peanut butters almost 10 years ago, the government has been looking for victims. That search has delayed the plea hearing and sentencing of ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LLC, which produced the contaminated peanut butter in Sylvester,
Continue Reading 150-plus Peter Pan restitution claims possible in ConAgra case

Ahead of the yet-to-be scheduled sentencing of the defendants, the government wants to be relieved of the burden of notifying individual victims of a scheme that altered and falsified the true USDA establishment numbers on beef products exported from the United States. Government attorneys have asked the U.S. District Court
Continue Reading Halal Beef Scheme Could Have Millions of Potential Victims in Asia

All five defendants charged in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal indictments will be together next week in federal court in Albany, GA, to hear victim testimony. According to newly filed court documents, attorneys for Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore, the two PCA managers who voluntarily pleaded guilty to
Continue Reading All Five PCA Defendants to Hear Outbreak Victims’ Testimony

The victims of a foodborne outbreak are crime victims and their written statements and oral testimony should be heard at next week’s sentencing of Stewart and Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson, according to U.S. Department of Justice lawyer Mary M. Engelhart from the Consumer Protection Branch. She is one of
Continue Reading PCA Prosecutors Say Outbreak Victims are Crime Victims Under the Law

Government attorneys did not pull any punches when it came to hitting back at Mary Wilkerson and her court-appointed attorney on their latest defense motion to have her guilty verdict in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case dismissed. They responded on deadline with the gloves off to keep
Continue Reading Government Attorneys Call Wilkerson’s Claims ‘Vague and Baseless’