Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade denied a petition yesterday from the legal team of Reb Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka Rubashkin seeking a new sentencing hearing.
Reade denied claims that a new trial for Shalom Mordechai, 57, is warranted because his 27-year sentence was the result of misconduct by Iowa prosecutors following the infamous raid in May 2008 at the Rubashkin family’s Agriprocessors plant in Iowa by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As of today, Rubashkin is slated to be released in 2033, approximately 16 years from now.
The Des Moines Register, in a report yesterday, said that Reade accused the defense attorneys of “embellishing” their claims to win a new hearing.
“(The) allegations regarding the government’s conduct amount to no more than the use of accusations, especially unjust ones, to damage the reputation of an opponent,” Reade contended. “(The defense attorneys’) mudslinging is wholly inappropriate.”
The raid led to Agriprocessors declaring bankruptcy and prosecutors targeting Sholom Mordechai for borrowing on a $35 million line of credit, ultimately resulting in a $27 million loss for a St. Louis-based bank when Agriprocessors went defunct.