Poultry Execs Cry Foul Over DOJ 'Interference' As Trial Looms

By Khorri Atkinson (July 27, 2021, 5:36 PM EDT) -- Indicted poultry executives claimed that a plea deal Pilgrim's Pride Corp. entered in February with the U.S. Justice Department, as part of its probe into price-fixing in the broiler chicken industry, is preventing them from interviewing company employees as the defendants prepare for trial in Colorado federal court.

The six of the 10 executives facing criminal charges tied to an alleged years-long scheme to fix the price of broiler chickens told Chief U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer in a filing Monday that they've been seeking to obtain information from eight current Pilgrim's Pride employees, which could be exculpatory, to disprove indictments allegations....

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