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Imperial Sugar files to throw out Graham testimony

Graham testified in a senate sub-committee hearing that he witnessed poor conditions at the Port Wentworth plant prior to the February 7, 2008. Graham testified in a senate sub-committee hearing that he witnessed poor conditions at the Port Wentworth plant prior to the February 7, 2008.

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - Attorneys for Imperial Sugar say the company's former vice president faked a report that said he warned company executives of explosive dust hazards days before the refinery blast in Port Wentworth.

Imperial Sugar has filed a motion in court to not use the testimony of former vice president Graham Harris Graham in civil lawsuits against the company.

Graham testified in a senate subcommittee hearing that he witnessed poor conditions at the Port Wentworth plant prior to the February 7, 2008 explosion that killed 14 people. See Imperial Sugar executive testifies before Senate subcommittee.

In early December of 2007, he spent five days on site and claims he sent an email to Imperial Sugar executives the week of January 20, 2008. In that email, he claims he told top executives the facility was dangerous and should be shut down.

Graham also testified that he and chief operating officer John Sheptor, agreed to fire the plant manager and start working on housekeeping.

The company claims they never received such emails. Graham has since left the company.

Imperial Sugar hired an outside computer company to search Graham's computer. Experts determined the report was created on Graham's laptop three days after the February 7 explosion.

To read the motion filed by Imperial Sugar, click here.

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