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Not Guilty Pleas Entered in Tyson Foods Case

January 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Tyson Foods Inc. and six former managers pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiring to smuggle illegal immigrants to work at the company's poultry plants.

A federal magistrate in Chattanooga told them to get ready for a February 2003 trial.

Tyson attorney Mark Hobson said a trial would not support prosecutors' contentions of a company conspiracy, but instead would show immigrant smuggling by government undercover agents.

A Dec. 11 indictment implicated 15 plants in Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

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