Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Judge Nixes Petition To Shorten Rubashkin Sentence, Defense Team Vows Appeal
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - The federal judge who sentenced Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin to 27 years in prison has denied a petition seeking a new sentencing hearing that could lead to an earlier release for the 57 year old father of ten.
The Des Moines Register reported that Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade slammed Rubashkin’s attorneys, accusing them of “mudslinging” that she categorized as “wholly inappropriate” and “embellishing” their claims in the hopes of winning a new hearing for their client.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2kz1DYk), Rubashkin’s legal team said in March that they had uncovered overwhelming evidence that prosecutors had improperly interfered with the sale of Rubashkn’s Agriprocessors plant in Postville, depressing the price of the business which ultimately led to a lengthier sentence for their client.
Dozens of legal heavyweights including former attorneys general, FBI directors and high level elected officials signed a petition in May calling on U.S. Attorney Kevin Tachau to correct the “miscarriage of justice” that had taken place during the Rubashkin trial.
Reade chastised the Rubashkin legal team for resorting to unjustly smear prosecutors’ reputation and said that the sentence was appropriate under the circumstances.
In her ruling, Reade said that Rubashkin repeatedly attempted to obstruct justice and had never accepted responsibility for his actions.
“(Rubashkin) orchestrated a massive criminal scheme that impacted a very large community, that is, defrauded financial institutions for approximately 10 years, harbored an illegal workforce and laundered millions of dollars in an effort to provide kosher products across the nation,” wrote Reade.
Rubashkin defense attorney Guy Cook said that he will appeal Reade’s decision, noting the prominent body of individuals who signed the May petition.
“They are familiar with the facts,” said Cook. “They are familiar with the briefs and they have called on the Department of Justice to correct the injustice in this case.”
More of today's headlines“Jerusalem - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close associate of US President Donald Trump, said the expected meeting between PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President...” Jerusalem - Giuliani Defends Netanyahu: 'There Are More Important Things To Worry About Than To Deal With Cigars' “New York - Dow 20,000 wasn't exactly a team effort. The index climbed to the 20,000 mark from 19,000 largely because of three stocks: financial firm Goldman Sachs...” New York - How Did The Dow Get To 20K? Think Goldman, Boeing And IBM