Savannah attorney Amy Lee Copeland has filed a Notice of Appeal for Stewart Parnell’s motion to vacate, set aside or correct his sentence under a federal habeas corpus action.

Parnell’s Motion was denied Sept. 23 by the trial judge, W. Louis Sands, who upheld the also negative findings of Magistrate

Continue Reading Parnell’s challenge to his prison sentence is now an appeal to the 11th Circuit

Brothers Stewart Parnell, 67, and Michael Parnell, 63, will each be filing objections to the federal habeas corpus recommendations against them in relation to food safety felonies involving the deadly 2008-09 multistate Salmonella outbreak associated with Peanut Corporation of America .

And Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff has granted both
Continue Reading Parnell brothers plan to file objections to magistrate’s denial recommendation

The U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Georgia recommends denial of motions to release brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell from federal custody. Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff quietly filed decisions on April 7 after taking both matters under advisement this past October.

The Parnells, convicted in a 2014 jury
Continue Reading Parnell brothers fail to persuade magistrate that their trial lawyers were ineffective

The conduct of the 2014 jury that convicted Peanut Corporation of America executives delayed sentencing for about year, but in its final analysis the district court found a new trial based on jury misconduct was not warranted.

Appellate attorneys for peanut broker Michael Parnell filed lengthy after-hours arguments Monday with
Continue Reading ‘Fry them’ comments in jury room could get Parnells a new trial

Leo A. Knowles, president of ConAgra Grocery Products Company LLC, appeared in federal court in Albany, GA, Tuesday to put a human face on the corporate entity pleading guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of shipping peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, causing a nationwide outbreak a decade ago.

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Continue Reading Biggest criminal fine ever in food safety case; zip for restitution