On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced that he had commutated the sentences of 209 individuals and pardoned 64 others. Members of the Orthodox Jewish community were dismayed to see that Sholom Rubashkin’s name was not among those issued clemency, prompting New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch write an open letter to the president in a last-ditch effort for clemency.
The letter asks President Obama for his compassion for Mr. Rubashkin, a 51 year old father of ten children who was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Mr. Rubashkin has already served seven years for his non-violent offenses. In April of 2016, 107 officials signed a letter to the US Attorney in support of Mr. Rubashkin’s motion to vacate his sentence. These signatories included six former United States Attorney Generals, federal judges, and other Department of Justice officials.
Deutsch sent the letter to President Obama, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, the US Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, and the White House Counsel to the President.Rubashkin-letter-FINAL