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Justice for Sholom

Justice for Sholom

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Sholom Rubashkin was convicted of fraud and is scheduled for sentencing this week. While there is little dispute about his guilt (and shame he has brought on to the Jewish community), there seems to be an over-zealous prosecutor who is asking the court to give a life sentence, which appears to be excessive given the nature of the crime and various mitigating factors as described in the video below.


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Visitor Comments: 42

(42) uzitiger, January 10, 2013 1:57 AM

Rubashkin was given an excessive sentence for being a Jew

This outrage against Sholom Rubashkin shows that the government does not like it when Jews get too successful in business. The sentence was excessive and the judge was collaborating with the prosecutor before the raid on the plant.

(41) Bernardo Apsan, May 29, 2012 1:49 PM

He was unjustly slandered

Please let him go free and defend himself as a free man. And if he is guilty, then the judge might fine him or make him do community service.

(40) Anonymous, July 2, 2010 4:00 AM

Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin made a chillul hashem. The jewish people have to set an example to the world how people should conduct themselves. Everyone would like to be rich, but people have to make money honestly. I feel that he does not deserve such a harsh sentence.

(39) Anonymous, June 23, 2010 12:08 PM

objective reporting

Shalom Aish Please excuse me for the following criticism but it pains me to remain silent. Since you depict yourselves as objective journalists, I pray that you have the courage to post the following. Aish writes: “While there is little dispute about his guilt (and shame he has brought on to the Jewish community), there seems to be an over-zealous prosecutor who is asking the court to give a life sentence, which appears to be excessive given the nature of the crime and various mitigating factors” On the other hand William L. Anderson (teacher of economics at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland) and who sounds certainly non-Jewish, writes the following: “I will go against all of them. Sholom Rubashkin, in my view, does not need “leniency.” He needs to be freed, period, for the man is not a criminal, which is more than I can say for the people who hounded and prosecuted him and destroyed his business, Glatt kosher Agriprocessors of Postville, Iowa. Let me begin” The above is an excerpt from an 8 page document (see it in its entirety on his blog) where he very clearly lays out the facts in a very honest and refreshing way. On the other hand, your 5 line caption is vague and lacking of any conviction – almost sounds like you are trying to appease someone. Please Aish – give Shalom a real chance – depict and represent his innocence. He is clearly a victim of virulent anti-Semitism (over-zealous is a ridiculous, shameful and inaccurate description of such persecution and prejudice) Regards A saddened fellow-Jew from Jerusalem

(38) Andy, May 6, 2010 2:36 PM

Update prosecuton not asking for life sentance and I agree with Daniella

"But last Thursday, Assistant US Attorney Peter Deegan Jr told the court that a life sentence was for violent criminals. Instead, he asked Judge Reade for a sentence of 25 years. Rubashkin's lawyers said a six-year sentence was a more appropriate term." In addition to criminal activities that have been proven it seems to me that he is guilty of turning off many not yet observant Jews to "kosher" and numerous other examples of Hilul HaShem including uneccessarily punishing the many local cattle suppliers who testified that late payments by Agriprocessors pushed their businesses close to bankruptcy. I don't know Iowa penal laws but I'd guess he'll actually have to serve bewteen 7-10 years which seems fair to me. I am a friend of Chabad and believe I try and love my fellow as myself.Of course he did some good and I feel for his family but this is a long time offender who had ample opportunity to change his ways

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