A recusal motion to disqualify Chief Judge Linda Reade from current and future proceedings in Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s case was filed late Wednesday night. Click here to read the motion.
The motion by the Rubashkin team asks that Reade be recused due to conflict of interest related to her husband having been a partner in the legal firm that was involved in a number of business-related affairs for Rubashkin.
The lawyers for Sholom Mordechai included a “friend of the court” brief with over 85 officials who state that the judge should have, on her own, recused herself.
Among the other details mentioned in the motion is the fact that Reade had private communication with prosecutors before Sholom Mordechai was charged and while he was awaiting sentencing. The judge, therefore, had no impartiality and should have disqualified herself from hearing the case. Unfortunately she did not, instead imposing a draconian 27-year-sentence.
All are asked to continue to daven for Reb Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka.