by Sandy Eller – VIN News
The federal judge who sentenced Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin to 27 years in prison has denied a petition seeking a new sentencing hearing that could lead to an earlier release for the 57 year old father of ten.
The Des Moines Register reported that Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade slammed Rubashkin’s attorneys, accusing them of “mudslinging” that she categorized as “wholly inappropriate” and “embellishing” their claims in the hopes of winning a new hearing for their client.
As previously reported on VIN News, Rubashkin’s legal team said in March that they had uncovered overwhelming evidence that prosecutors had improperly interfered with the sale of Rubashkn’s Agriprocessors plant in Postville, depressing the price of the business which ultimately led to a lengthier sentence for their client.
Dozens of legal heavyweights including former attorneys general, FBI directors and high level elected officials signed a petition in May calling on U.S. Attorney Kevin Tachau to correct the “miscarriage of justice” that had taken place during the Rubashkin trial.
Reade chastised the Rubashkin legal team for resorting to unjustly smear prosecutors’ reputation and said that the sentence was appropriate under the circumstances.
In her ruling, Reade said that Rubashkin repeatedly attempted to obstruct justice and had never accepted responsibility for his actions.
“(Rubashkin) orchestrated a massive criminal scheme that impacted a very large community, that is, defrauded financial institutions for approximately 10 years, harbored an illegal workforce and laundered millions of dollars in an effort to provide kosher products across the nation,” wrote Reade.
Rubashkin defense attorney Guy Cook said that he will appeal Reade’s decision, noting the prominent body of individuals who signed the May petition.
“They are familiar with the facts,” said Cook. “They are familiar with the briefs and they have called on the Department of Justice to correct the injustice in this case.”