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Published on: August 1, 2009 11:19 PM
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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.

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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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 Aug 01, 2009 at 11:22 PM Former Shochet There Says:

Yidden! Poor Rubashkin just tried to make an honest livinng, didnt sell kidenys of masser etc. Now he is perceived like the rest. He is no crook.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:15 AM Anonymous Says:

I listened to mrs rubashkin speak on chazak hotline. the sincerity in her speech about her husbands honesty and current mesiras nefesh is undescribeable, she goes into big detail of wat happened and even once jailed how much siyata dishmaya he has and is having all along. i was highly amazed and as not a lubavitcher nor from their town i really felt he was nailed down by someone. Hashem should help him succeed his court cases and the truth should be known imminently.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 06:47 AM . Says:

We are all not fools and we all do not believe in the anti-semetic boogeyman. Read the article. Words and phrases are being thrown around like 'suggested', 'alledged', 'believed'.

You ought to see the Amara family residence. The residents of Kafar Kanna refer to it as a 'castle' & for good reason. Multi-level, court yard, state of the art gym, marble, elevators . . . etc. This is not something normally purchased with money saved by someone working as a foreman/manager in a meatpacking plant. He also shipped out an 25th anniversary edition Corvett & a new Mercedes automobile the day his family left the states.

Framed?

Please, we are not simple-minded people. I find it quite obvious, Rubashkin paid him well for reasons beyond what you admit.


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 Aug 02, 2009 at 06:46 AM Yitzchok Says:

How come now, all of a sudden, he decides to claim he was framed? Why wasn't he screaming this from the beginning? But of course the Kool Aid drinkers who defend him because he's an outwardly chassidishe yid will believe anything. So far we've heard his defenders blame it all on anti-Semitism, unions, PETA, the Forward, competitors in the kosher meat industry, zealous prosecutors, unfair judges, ungrateful townspeople, overreacting INS officials, Obama -- and now it's an inside frame-up. What will the story be next month? An angry cow decided to get even after a Rubashkin family member passed by one Saturday without wishing it a "a guten Shabbos"?

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 03:54 AM anonymous Says:

chazak v'ametz mishpachas Rubashin, and I hope the happy end is near.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 03:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Who is that employee

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 07:33 AM Anonymous Says:

And Madoff went to jail because he was Jewish. Yeah, right. BTW, I have a bridge for sale.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:26 AM Anonymous Says:

lets hope he is right and FOUND right too!

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:20 AM A. Nuran Says:

Of course he says so. That's what defendants do when the prosecution has an ironclad case. I'm only surprised he did this AFTER hollering "anti-Semite!" rather than before.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 08:14 AM cp Says:

Thank you Amara for fleeing to EY. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes judges put extra high bail for frumme yidden!

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 08:35 AM Anonymous Says:

The only thing they are alleging was planted were some computer disks. The disks are not the only evidence the prosecution will use.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 08:47 AM Wannabe Iowan Says:

Reply to #4  
Yitzchok Says:

How come now, all of a sudden, he decides to claim he was framed? Why wasn't he screaming this from the beginning? But of course the Kool Aid drinkers who defend him because he's an outwardly chassidishe yid will believe anything. So far we've heard his defenders blame it all on anti-Semitism, unions, PETA, the Forward, competitors in the kosher meat industry, zealous prosecutors, unfair judges, ungrateful townspeople, overreacting INS officials, Obama -- and now it's an inside frame-up. What will the story be next month? An angry cow decided to get even after a Rubashkin family member passed by one Saturday without wishing it a "a guten Shabbos"?

You are right on! But you did not give the whole story. The reason the Rubashkin family member did not wish the cow a guten shabbos was because its teats were folded left over right - against the Chabad ideology.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 08:46 AM . Says:

Reply to #10  
cp Says:

Thank you Amara for fleeing to EY. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes judges put extra high bail for frumme yidden!

Amara was not even Jewish. Why blame this on a goy? Because you are looking for excuses everywhere, except in the mirror.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 09:12 AM Anonymous Says:

I don't think he was framed

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 09:11 AM Leibel shochet Says:

I can only reiterate that, as a former employee, these people are the nicest, most giving 'non-takers' imaginable. They are sincere and honest and true ehrliche Yidden.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 09:23 AM alex Says:

he is a chsheva person all he dos a whole day is chasad may he be freed bekarov!!!!

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 10:04 AM . Says:

Reply to #16  
alex Says:

he is a chsheva person all he dos a whole day is chasad may he be freed bekarov!!!!

With all the things that have been said, and all the stories that have come to light, please define what a 'chashova person' is. What chesed does he do or did he do while running a meat plant?

In order to be a 'businessman', you cannot be the 'good guy' all of the time. The business will fail very easily with people taking advantage over you. Yet, this did ot happen with Rubashkin. Why??

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 11:02 AM Shmelke M. Says:

Reply to #17  
. Says:

With all the things that have been said, and all the stories that have come to light, please define what a 'chashova person' is. What chesed does he do or did he do while running a meat plant?

In order to be a 'businessman', you cannot be the 'good guy' all of the time. The business will fail very easily with people taking advantage over you. Yet, this did ot happen with Rubashkin. Why??

"What chesed does he do or did he do while running a meat plant?

A quick story about Sholom Mordechai: I was a Bochur in Postville, Iowa a few years ago. Every week we visited an old Yid who lived in a town 20 miles away to put on tefillin, and see a Yiddishe face every now and then. This guy passed away while I was there, and the entire funeral expense, including a 16 hour trip by hearse to Detroit (a friend and I were the shomrim), was quietly paid for Sholom Mordechai. He even got us plane tickets so that we could get back to Postville before shabbos! This is one of HUNDREDS of such stories with Sholom Mordechai and his family.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 11:29 AM Shaul in Monsey Says:

If Rubashkin wants any respect from the masses he needs to at least admit that he was guilty of exercising terrible judgment. In the best of scenarios, given what is known, that is the best case - that he made terrible errors in both who he trusted and in the ways he ran his company.

This is no different than the rabbis who washed Dwek's floos. You can not explain the bank fraud by saying evidence was planted. The way those lines were manipulated and the way the books showed open receivables that were already collected - these are the heart and soul of a company. If you are an owner and you don't know about this, then you deserve the problems you have because this is what its all about. If SMR did delegate this than as the gemara says if you are looking to lose money hire workers and don't watch what they do. Again, best case - terrible judgment.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
. Says:

We are all not fools and we all do not believe in the anti-semetic boogeyman. Read the article. Words and phrases are being thrown around like 'suggested', 'alledged', 'believed'.

You ought to see the Amara family residence. The residents of Kafar Kanna refer to it as a 'castle' & for good reason. Multi-level, court yard, state of the art gym, marble, elevators . . . etc. This is not something normally purchased with money saved by someone working as a foreman/manager in a meatpacking plant. He also shipped out an 25th anniversary edition Corvett & a new Mercedes automobile the day his family left the states.

Framed?

Please, we are not simple-minded people. I find it quite obvious, Rubashkin paid him well for reasons beyond what you admit.


maybe in gaza but in postville he lived in a hole in the wall

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:34 PM Anonymous Says:

And if he was framed what diff does it make it makes us feel better that we are not so guilty

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:51 PM . Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

And if he was framed what diff does it make it makes us feel better that we are not so guilty

Let us say that he was framed. What is your proof? Who says so? Right now, it is just an allegation that the lawyer says. And we all know that lawyers are allowed to legally lie, just as the prosecution can say anything it wants on an afffidavit.

There was no proof for the meth labs, bombs that look like mezuzas or guns that were brought into the plant. Likewise, there is no proof of frame ups, the competition (?) doing everything or PETA calling in their IOU's to the government.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:00 PM . Says:

Reply to #19  
Shmelke M. Says:

"What chesed does he do or did he do while running a meat plant?

A quick story about Sholom Mordechai: I was a Bochur in Postville, Iowa a few years ago. Every week we visited an old Yid who lived in a town 20 miles away to put on tefillin, and see a Yiddishe face every now and then. This guy passed away while I was there, and the entire funeral expense, including a 16 hour trip by hearse to Detroit (a friend and I were the shomrim), was quietly paid for Sholom Mordechai. He even got us plane tickets so that we could get back to Postville before shabbos! This is one of HUNDREDS of such stories with Sholom Mordechai and his family.

A very nice story, but he was the owner of a plant that employed hundreds of people. We know know that he took money from the workers to pay for the clothes that they used in the business (frocks). This is illegal in Iowa, as in the rest of the nation, like New York, where he did not do this.

He saved the frock money so that he can do chesed. Is that truly chesed??

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 03:57 PM Like a Rainy Day Says:

...And all the little worms come out, on the day a story, any story, is posted about Rubashkin, all the little creepy haters, who want to see him destroyed, come out...

So predictable and so vile.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 03:10 AM matzahlocal101 Says:

"At the time, the raid was the largest of its kind in the United States, with 389 illegal immigrant workers arrested."

Why do you keep posting this lie? On Dec 12, 2006 the ICE netted 1300 illegals in a raid (operation wagon train) on Swift beef and pork. Instaed of prosecuting the 1300 for identity theft as in the case of Rubashkin, they were simply deported. In may 2006 almost 1300 illegals were arrested at the facilities of IFCO. The management paid 2.7 million in back overtime wages,(i believe that's more than Rubashkin's frock charges) and a civil fine and NO CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST CEO's or the corporation. This was on the ICE.GOV website, however most of the swift raid has been deleted to make Rubashkin the "largest raid" when in fact 3 times as many illegals were netted at Swift. Information is still available at swiftraid.org. Wake up Yidden. When Jews are treated differently from people doing the same and worse and it's not a good sign.

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