Hearing set to seek new Rubashkin trial


(JTA) – A hearing has been scheduled to request a new trial for former Agriprocessors official Sholom Rubashkin.

Documents filed Monday indicate a new hearing is set for June 15 before the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, The Associated Press reported.

Rubashkin, the former head of what once was the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse and packing plant in Postville, Iowa, was convicted of financial fraud in 2009 and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

His attorneys are seeking a new trial on the grounds that Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade, who presided over the case, was involved in planning the May 2008 federal immigration raid on Agriprocessors that led to the company’s bankruptcy later that year. Reade rejected the defense’s argument that she should have recused herself.

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