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Shea Hecht: “Sholom Rubashkin Refused Plea Bargain”

By Nathaniel Popper for the Forward

The trial of former kosher slaughterhouse executive Sholom Rubashkin began in South Dakota on October 12, though only after a failed effort to reach a plea bargain, according to a close confidant of the defendant.

Rubashkin, the former CEO of the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse, was arrested last year, five months after his company was the subject of a massive immigration raid; most of the 163 counts that Rubashkin has been charged with relate to bank fraud and harboring undocumented immigrants.

The Weekly Voice – An Interview Series

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The Weekly Voice returns this week with Chaim Hershkop, a Beis Rivka bus driver who tells us why he chooses to do this job, safety, and how important his job is.

This is the second installment of this new series with the first episode generating major interest and many emails with recommendations and comments.

Postville Meatpacking Plant Owner Pledges New Start

By Colleen O’Shaughnessy for KIMT News

POSTVILLE, IA — Most people know of Agriprocessors for a single reason – it’s the site of last year’s federal immigration raid, one of the largest in the nation’s history. But before this event, Postville was known around the country for a very different reason – kosher meat.

Newly formed Agri Star CEO Hershey Friedman recalled, “people called us up, in reality we had calls from rabbis from different parts of the United States asking what’s going to be with them, where will they get their supplies.”