Sholom Mordechai will be locked up for longer than we had hoped. But in the end, the truth will prevail. Six former attorneys general of the United States and eminent law professors wrote to the judge sharply criticizing the U.S. Attorney for urging the court to impose a life sentence…
It was with a happy heart that I received the news that Sholom Rubashkin had been acquitted of all state child labor charges on June 7. I hope these words will keep our activities on behalf of Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin active and as the attorneys for Mr. Rubashkin file their appeal, we must speak out at every opportunity.
The government accused him of 9,311 counts of child labor. Mr. Rubashkin was roundly condemned and threatened by gentiles and Jews alike. There was no doubt as to his culpability. In the end, the government couldn’t try him on more than 67 counts. The jury, when presented with the facts, cleared him…
There were sixty eight counts of child labor law violations left against Shalom Rubashkin. And there were innumerable critics of Shalom Rubashkin. And it is sad to say, that some of those critics were some of his own brethren. Brethren that gleefully attacked, criticized and lambasted. The critics ranged from Conservative Rabbi Morris Allen to the Orthodox Tav HaYosher supervision to newspaper editors and pundits across the nation.
Six former U.S. attorneys general have criticized prosecutors’ recommendation that a kosher meatpacking plant executive receive life in prison for bank fraud.
The former attorneys general, as well as 17 other Justice Department veterans, expressed their concern in a letter to Linda Reade…
As a former United States District Court Judge, I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system.
Aggressive prosecution and strong sentencing advocacy are at the center of most US Attorney decisions. Federal judges have the sole authority to administer fair and consistent criminal sentences.
It’s hard to feel any sympathy for Sholom Rubashkin, who will be sentenced April 28 for his part in a multimillion-dollar bank fraud scheme. He stands convicted of some very serious federal crimes, and deserves to spend time behind bars. But if you believe that the punishment should fit the crime, you might find yourself arguing for a little compassion instead when it comes to prosecutors recommending Rubashkin should spend life in prison.
Having sat in the seat of the U.S. attorney during an immigration raid, I can tell you it is not easy balancing the interests of justice in such cases. Sholom Rubashkin was indicted on 163 counts of various financial and immigration-related violations arising out of the operation of the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville.