The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin’s conviction and sentence for bank fraud.
The court on Oct. 1 rejected the appeal, which asked the Supreme Court for a new trial, and to shorten his 27-year sentence, which the appeals court upheld as “reasonable.” Rubashkin’s request said it violates federal sentencing laws for a first-time, nonviolent offender.
The court offered no comment alongside its rejection.
Q- Do you think it's right for people to boycott BP and get their gas elsewhere, as punishment for the oil spill?
There is definitely a "punish at the pumps" mentality afloat with regard to BP and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and I must admit, I haven't stopped at a BP since it happened. Gassing up at BP in this hostile climate would be like wearing a mink at PETA convention.
A large New York public relations company that represents Agriprocessors, the embattled giant kosher slaughterhouse, could use some positive p.r. of its own this week.
5W Public Relations, which also represents Pastor John Hagee and several right-wing Israeli groups, gained unwanted notoriety for itself with its admission that it posted fraudulent messages on the Internet to promote Agriprocessors.
As an increasing number of kosher retailers, restaurants and supermarkets across the country reported shortages of kosher meat this week, Empire Kosher Poultry announced it would increase output by 50 percent to allay fears of a poultry shortage.
In addition, Empire, the world’s largest kosher poultry producer, said it would reduce the price of fresh chicken cutlets (skinless and boneless chicken breast) by at least 10 percent beginning Monday.
The embattled giant kosher meatpacker Agriprocessors was on the verge of hiring a new CEO this week, one week after its owners and managers were charged by the state with violating child labor laws.
And there were new indications this week that Empire Kosher Poultry, the world’s largest kosher chicken producer, was poised to take on Agriprocessors in the kosher beef business. Empire has been working with the Baltimore-based Star-K, a kosher certifying group, to examine the possibility of opening a meatpacking operation in Wichita, Kan.
A May immigration raid searching for illegal workers in the world’s largest kosher slaughterhouse led this week to criminal charges that the owners of the plant knowingly violated child labor laws. It was the first time the owners and top managers of Agriprocessors have been charged since the May raid.
Chicken production at Agriprocessors, the embattled kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, is now up to 20,000 daily — about one-third its previous output — and beef production is expected to soon resume.
“I have two experienced meat industry veterans operating the plant and all operational decisions are made under the trustee’s auspices,” said Joseph Sarachek, the company’s court-appointed trustee.
A federal judge in Iowa refused again Monday to set bail for Shlomo Rubashkin, the former CEO of Agriprocessors, Inc., the bankrupt kosher slaughterhouse, who has been charged with bank fraud and immigration law violations.
“Defendant does not offer any additional facts relating to detention, but simply offers additional conditions which he believes will reasonably assure his appearance at trial,” wrote Magistrate Jon Stuart Scoles.
In a legal argument called “astounding and very troublesome,” a federal prosecutor has argued that Israel’s Law of Return makes American Jews a flight risk and therefore ineligible for bail.
The claim, believed to be unprecedented, came in the bank fraud case of Sholom Rubashkin, the former Jewish head of the embattled Iowa kosher slaughterhouse, Agriprocessors, Inc.
And the federal judge in the case, Magistrate Jon Stuart Scoles, cited the Law of Return in his Nov. 20 decision denying Rubashkin bail.
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