Federal felony charges against former Blue Bell CEO dropped
July 19, 2020
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge has dismissed federal felony charges against the former CEO of a Texas ice cream company in a case arising from a 2015 listeria outbreak that killed three people.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin dropped the case Wednesday against former Blue Bell Creameries CEO Paul Kruse because federal prosecutors did not seek an indictment from a grand jury and Kruse's attorneys said he never waived his right to a grand jury indictment.
Prosecutors said they bypassed the grand jury and charged Kruse by information because the coronavirus pandemic made it unsafe...