Supreme Court rejects Sholom Rubashkins appeal

The 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 seeking a new trial and a reduction in the 27-year sentence; the appeals court upheld the sentence as “reasonable.” Rubashkin’s request said it violates federal sentencing laws for a first-time, nonviolent offender.

In September 2011, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis denied Rubashkin’s bid for a new trial based on the involvement of Judge Linda Reade of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa in planning the May 2008 federal immigration raid on Agriprocessors, the kosher slaughterhouse and packing plant he headed in Postville, Iowa.

Rubashkin was convicted on 86 counts of financial fraud in 2009 and sentenced to 27 years in prison. — jta