Criminal Trial of Former Peanut Executives Postponed Until July 28




A Blakely, Ga., related story from Food Safety News:

The trial of the three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives that was to begin Monday is being delayed two weeks to give defense attorneys more time to review late-arriving documents from prosecutors.

Jury selection is now scheduled to begin July 28 for a trial likely to take about eight weeks. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands ordered the delay Friday after hearing defense motions to both dismiss all charges in the case and to postpone the trial.

At issue in Friday’s pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in Albany, GA, was the July 1 delivery of a computer file from the prosecution that contains an estimated 100,000 documents.

Parnell, his brother Michael, and Mary Wilkerson, the former PCA quality control manager, face trial in connection with a 76-count, 52-page indictment against them arising from the sale of Salmonella-contaminated peanuts that led to a multistate outbreak in 2008-09 that sickened 700 and killed nine.

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