Ten years after a jury trial convicted him of 31 charges, resulting in a 20-year federal prison sentence, peanut broker Michael Parnell, 65, has filed his opening brief in his appeal of that conviction and sentence with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta.

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Continue Reading Michael Parnell’s Habeus motion is now before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

 The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a single Certificate of Appealability (COA) on Jan. 10 in the Motion 2255 Habeas Petition sought by former peanut broker Michael Parnell.

The order by the Atlanta-based appellate court sets Feb.20, 2024, as the deadline for Parnell’s attorney to file an appellant’s

Continue Reading Michael Parnell’s appeal is going forward on narrow grounds with a brief due on Feb. 20

The year 2023 ends with brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell in very different places in their Habeas Corpus appeals at the Circuit Court in Atlanta.  Stewart Parnell, who was permitted to appeal, has exchanged arguments with the government.  After getting an undetermined extension, Michael Parnell has yet to file for

Continue Reading Parnell brothers remain incarcerated but start 2024 in very different places

He’s a senior citizen held for a white-collar crime, but the government has no interest in releasing him early to free up some cell space. On the contrary, an assistant U.S. Attorney filed a vigorous Appellee’s Brief in opposition to Stewart Parnell’s nearly 4-year petition seeking to overturn his conviction

Continue Reading Parnell’s appeal for early release should be denied, assistant U.S. Attorney argues

Like former PCA President Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell is before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta with a petition to vacate his conviction and sentence. Those petitions by the Parnell brothers have previously moved on similar tracks, but Michael’s appellate documents have been granted extended time for filing.

Continue Reading Prison move temporarily cuts Michael Parnell’s ties with his lawyer during 11th Circuit action

Stewart Parnell’s attorney, Amy Lee Copeland, requested an extension for filing an Appellant’s Brief, which was granted by the clerk for the 11th Ciricuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Copeland was to have filed the brief by June 26. The extension means the brief is not due until July 25

Continue Reading 11th Circuit delay gives Stewart Parnell more time to file an Appellant’s Brief

Now on senior status, Federal Judge W. Louis Sands presided over the 2014 criminal trial of Peanut Corporation of American executives. And in new rulings, Sands has said “No” and “No” again to defendant Michael Parnell, who was seeking both “compassionate release” and the dismissal of his conviction on constitutional

Continue Reading Two Michael Parnell motions were denied by the federal court

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

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