Business Groups Support Appeal to Keep DeCosters Out of Prison

August 26, 2015

Sending food industry executives to jail for company food safety violations, even if they did not know about them, might seem a useful way to bring about more compliance, but corporate America is rising up to strike down the practice.

Amicus briefs are pouring in from industry groups to support the appeal to the St. Louis-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by Austin (Jack) and Peter DeCoster of their 90-day federal jail sentences.

With the work of 18 additional lawyers joining the cause, amicus briefs in support of the two former Iowa poultry executives were filed in recent days…