Postville, IA - Rubashkin Claims He Was Framed, Evidence Was Planted
Postville, IA - Lawyers for Sholom Rubashkin suggested that a past or current employee at the Postville slaughterhouse Rubashkin once ran planted evidence to incriminate him.
Rubashkin also denied allegations that he helped one of his former mid-level managers flee the country to avoid arrest.
The manager, Hosam Amara, escaped arrest shortly after a massive May 2008 immigration raid at Agriprocessors Inc. Rubashkin, Amara and two other employees were indicted months later on allegations of immigrant harboring, bank fraud, wire and mail fraud and other crimes.
At the time, the raid was the largest of its kind in the United States, with 389 illegal immigrant workers arrested.
Two computer disks taken from the kosher meat plant contain more than 6,800 pages of FBI reports, bank loan documents, and papers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
All allegedly pertain to the criminal case against Rubashkin.
Rubashkin, a former executive at Agriprocessors, “believes that these files were ‘planted’ or ‘seeded’ by present and/or former Agriprocessors employees,” defense lawyers Guy Cook and F. Montgomery Brown wrote in court papers.
Cook said his legal team has a theory about who planted the disks, but he declined to elaborate.
The new details were disclosed in a written request to postpone Rubashkin’s Sept. 15 trial to allow defense lawyers more time to prepare.
Defense lawyers have said the new evidence and a seventh indictment filed against Rubashkin merit an extension of roughly a month.
Bob Teig, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, declined to comment.
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