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Stewart Parnell
Judge: No juror misconduct in Ga. peanut trial convictions

A federal judge Thursday refused to throw out criminal convictions in a salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut plant after the court investigated defense attorneys' claims of jury misconduct. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother, Michael Parnell, and the former quality assurance manager of the company's Georgia plant, Mary Wilkerson, were convicted in September on charges related to a salmonella outbreak in 2008 and 2009 that was blamed for 714 illnesses nationwide. Court records unsealed Thursday show that months ago defense attorneys for all three defendants asked the judge to overturn the convictions after one juror came...