Mary Wilkerson, who says she was given the title of quality assurance manager for the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of American (PCA), but “apparently not the authority,” wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review her conviction and sentence. Her case was one of three criminal prosecutions in relation to a Salmonella outbreak in 2008-09 that killed…

Any day you can get out of jail early is a good day.  But it remains very doubtful that Mary Wilkerson will get out even a day early.  She has one year, seven months, and 24 days left to serve at the federal correctional facility in Marianna, FL.

But her pro bono attorney,  Thomas G.…

The trial judge is as much on trial as the criminal defendants during an appeal, and a 97-minute session Tuesday in a federal appeals court in Atlanta was an illustration of how that system works. It came during oral arguments in the case of United States v. Michael Parnell, Mary Wilkerson and Stewart Parnell before…

The last time criminal case activity involving Peanut Corporation of America took place in an actual courtroom was almost two years ago. That was for the restitution hearing in relation to Salmonella-contaminated food that killed nine and sickened thousands.

The restitution hearing for the company officials was the final action in the case in U.S.…

PCAlogo_406x250With their clients starting  their second year behind bars, criminal defense attorneys in the Peanut Corporation of America case finally filed briefs asking for those convictions and sentences to be over-turned.

Appellate attorneys for Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson together filed briefs totaling 236 pages on the day after Thanksgiving –…

More time and more words are being awarded for appellants who say they are working on “the most significant food safety case in the history of the United States. And its significance is matched only by its factual and legal complexity.”

Appellants Stewart Parnell and Michael Parnell are getting a total of 3,000 additional words…

Everybody seems to agree the 900 or so exhibits from a 2014 jury trial should be turned over in one form or another to the three defendants who are appealing their sentences and convictions in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution. Yet, it has not happened to the satisfaction of the defense. All…

Thomas G. Ledford, the court appointed defense attorney for the former quality control manager at the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America, made numerous attempts to get the trial court to let his client off. That client, 41-year old Mary Wilkerson, is now serving a five-year sentence for obstruction of justice at the federal correctional…

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.…

One of the three defendants sentenced Monday in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case remains free. Mary Wilkerson, who was sentenced to five years of imprisonment after her jury conviction for obstruction of justice, remains free on a $25,000 bond. That’s until she is assigned to a prison facility by the Bureau of…