President Donald Trump Commutes Sentence of Shlomo Rubashkin

Trump issues first commuted prison sentence

President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence of former executive officer of the now-bankrupt Agriprocessors, Sholom Rubashkin, who was serving a 27-year sentence for bank and wire fraud.

Rubaskin oversaw operations at Agriprocessors' family-owned meatpacking plant in Northern Iowa, which was the country's largest kosher meat producer.

He had received a 27-year sentence in federal prison, the White House said in a statement.

Rubashkin made national headlines nine years ago after federal agents arrived by helicopter at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa, and detained almost 400 unauthorized immigrants, including several children, who were working there.

The president was encouraged by bipartisan leaders from "across the political spectrum" - including U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi to Sen. His conviction remains in place and he will be under a term of supervised release and a major restitution obligation despite being released from prison.

The 57-year-old father of 10 submitted fake invoices to a bank that made Agriprocessors' finances appear healthier than they were so that it could borrow more.

In fact, six amicus briefs were filed with the Supreme Court supporting Rubashkin's appeal-which the court refused to touch, from 86 former federal judges and Department of Justice officials (27 federal judges, two Attorneys General, one Inspector General, two FBI directors, four Deputy Attorneys General and one Solicitor General), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington Legal Foundation, 40 legal ethics professors, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Justice Fellowship. Trump commuted Rubashkin's sentence, effectively cutting short the original sentence of which he served eight years.

The White House further noted criticism of Rubashkin's sentencing as unusually harsh in comparison to penalties imposed on others for similar white-collar crimes.

Aron Schimmel, the Chabad emissary in Postville, says the Iowa town's Jewish community shrunk significantly after the Rubashkin scandal.

Rubashkin's attorneys past year accused prosecutors of improperly interfering with the sale of Agriprocessors and depressing its sale price by millions.

Trump's action was the president's first commutation.

"After years of getting railroaded by the legal system, Sholom Rubashkin is finally going home thanks to [Trump]", Greenfield said. Joe Lieberman of CT and ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

In January, then-U.S. District Chief Judge Linda Reade denied a post-conviction appeal from Rubashkin's lawyers asking for a new sentencing hearing and other post-conviction relief that would have released Rubashkin before 2033.

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