Only a quick motion for release on bond pending appeal can keep Mary Wilkerson from having to report to a federal women’s prison on Nov. 3, now less than two weeks away. Her attorney filed such a motion with the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Oct. 14, and yesterday Assistant U.S.…

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 some of the charges after…

When producers of such staple foods as beef, eggs, and peanut butter found they were the targets of federal criminal prosecution, it became a top food-safety story of 2014. But is it likely that food-safety enforcement will continue to rely on these U.S. Department of Justice-led (DOJ) criminal cases in 2015? You can bet on…

After testimony from 45 witnesses, the often-tedious introduction of 1,000 pages of documents, and difficulty getting some evidence, the prosecuting attorney decided to end on the 32nd day of the trial where it began — with Stewart Parnell’s emails. In closing arguments to the 12-member jury, K. Alan Dasher, assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle…

After setting the scene last week for the criminal trial of three former executives of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), I am beginning a series of weekly comments as the event goes forward. These are not meant to be hard opinion pieces, just some analysis and commentary offered as the products of close…

Ahead of today’s pre-trial hearing in the Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) criminal case, government attorneys took 20 pages to explain how they’ve done a good job of providing documents for the defense. However, the defense team today wants U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands to focus on the timing of the latest discovery…

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…