US judge to dismiss House of Raeford pollution case
Case will remain open to re-indictment
A U.S. federal judge plans to dismiss a two-year-old case against poultry processor House of Raeford Farms, which was charged with violating federal clean water laws by flushing turkey remains into a municipal sewage treatment plant in North Carolina.
House of Raeford appealed the charges to the U.S. Supreme Court and was denied in October 2011, when the court refused to consider arguments that the company can't be prosecuted because it's already paid nearly $1 million in pollution fines and shouldn't be punished twice. Prosecutors have said they will seek re-indictment after the dismissal.