ALBANY, GA — Just more than eight years ago, well-known Georgia defense attorney Edward D. Tolley told a young majistrate judge that the criminal case they were both looking at was “complicated.”
Tolley had just joined the defense in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case, which Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff presided over.
It did not take long for the magistrate to rule that the multiple PCA indictments were “complicated” cases. The effect of the ruling was that Tolly and other defense attorneys working the case had more time to get up to speed.
Another Middle District of Georgia trial judge tried, convicted, and sentenced the PCA defendants. Those prosecutions all stemmed from a now 13-year-old multistate Salmonella outbreak that killed nine.
However, all that “ancient history” got replayed this past week, back in that same Magistrate courtroom in Albany, GA, where it all began. This time Judge … Read more