RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is rejecting a North
Carolina poultry company’s attempt to throw out federal criminal
charges over turkey remains released into a public sewer plant.
The high court on Monday denied a request by House of Raeford
Inc. to consider arguments that it can’t be prosecuted because it’s
already paid pollution fines and shouldn’t be punished twice.
The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case means it goes
back to a federal district court in Winston-Salem for trial.
A federal grand jury indicted House of Raeford and plant manager
Gregory Steenblock in 2009 of violating the federal Clean Water
Act. An indictment accuses the company and Steenblock of knowingly
bypassing the Raeford turkey processing plant’s water treatment
system 14 times in 2005 and 2006.
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