Equal and Fair Justice for Sholom Rubashkin

Sunday, August 22, 2010




New information shows that Judge Linda Reade, who presided over the Rubashkin trial and sentenced him to 27 years in prison, spent more than six months working to plan the raid on the Agriprocessors plant in Postville.

The judge never disclosed her work, or offered to recuse herself from the trial.

The new information sheds light on some of the decisions that Judge Reade made while presiding over the Sholom Rubashkin case, including imposing a sentence of two years more than what prosecutors recommended.

She apparently had a personal stake in the outcome of the Rubashkin case because she had been involved in the planning of the Agriprocessors raid for more than six months.

Show your support for Sholom Rubashkin by telling the Justice Department to investigate the prosecution and trial of Sholom Rubashkin.


1. Read the articles in the National Law Journal.

2. Send a respectful e-mail to the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison (

3. Tell them to investigate the prosecution and trial of Sholom Rubashkin.

4. Remind them that more than two dozen former senior Justice Department officials – including six former U.S. attorneys general – said it would be an “absurdity” for a sentence of life in prison, or anything close to it, for a 51-year-old, first-time, non-violent offender.

5. Go on Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends to send an e-mail as well.

6. Forward this e-mail to family, friends and fellow supporters of Sholom Rubashkin.

7. Ask your friends and family to visit and sign up to receive e-mails like this one.

Please note: It is inappropriate to send e-mails or other correspondence to the judge in this case or the appellate court. Please direct all e-mails to the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at Please keep your comments respectful at all times.

Together, we can show prosecutors and the legal community that concerned citizens are watching the case of Sholom Rubashkin, and that he deserves “equal and fair administration of justice under the law.”

Unity for Justice

Israelis Sing for Rubashkin

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Evidence: Rubashkin Judge Should Have Disqualified Herself

Justice denied

Washington Jewish Week Editorial

Unbiased judges are the bedrock of our judicial system. The concept of
judicial impartiality is often portrayed by Themis, the Greek goddess
of justice, who is blindfolded, with a sword and scales. The blindfold
tells us that the judge will not be swayed by instructions from the
executive branch of government; the scales are meant to show
even-handedness; the sword, indicates that honest decisions will be
carried out.
Allegedly, Chief District Judge Linda Reade was not symbolically
attired in that fashion when she made her ruling in the case against
Shalom Rubashkin. The judge had sentenced the kosher meatpacking
executive to 27 years in prison earlier this summer after he was
convicted on federal financial fraud charges.
According to an article on the website The Cutting Edge, federal
documents and court filings indicate that the judge had been intimately
involved in planning the raid on the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant
in Postville, Iowa, in 2008. The raid led to the trial and sentencing
of Rubashkin.
She “participated in many aspects of the raid and prosecution ‘game
plan’ nearly from its planning inception in October, 2007, some six
months before the raid and long before the ultimate trial of Rubashkin
before her,” the reporter writes.
The judge allegedly did not disclose her involvement in the case as
federal law dictates, although she did state that she had been in
contact with law-enforcement personnel to ensure that the workers in
the plant would have access to attorneys and translators following the
Rubashkin’s lawyers —Nathan and Alyza Lewin of the District — have
filed papers calling for a retrial and the judge’s recusal.
If these allegations are proven to be accurate, the judge’s conduct was
appalling. A judge being intimately involved in the prosecution of an
accused is a gross violation of the most basic principles of the law.
In trials, appearances count. Even a hint of bias undermines the
public’s faith not only in the decision at hand but the American system
of justice.
That’s especially so in this case where a fervently Orthodox Jew was
tried in a place where most people probably had never even seen a Jew
prior to the meat plant’s opening. And, to further complicate matters,
the defendant was sentenced to 27 years in prison, two years more than
the 25 the prosecution asked for.
We are not advocating for Rubashkin, but rather for impartial judges
and justice, without even a hint of bias.
Toward that end, a new trial would seem to be in order.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rubashkin judge accused of massive conflict of interest

Rubashkin Judge is Exposed

Breaking News: Rubashkin Judge Exposed for Having Unlawful Private Meetings With Prosecutors

Cedar Rapids, IA - New Evidence Shows Judge Unlawfully Presided Over Rubashkin Trial

Rubashkin lawyers seek new trial

Judge in Rubashkin trial allegedly participated in raid planning

Evidence Shows Judges Bias in Rubashkin Trial

BREAKING NEWS: New Evidence Shows Judge Reade Unlawfully Presided Over Rubashkin Trial, Participated In Raid Planning,-Participated-In-Raid-Planning.html

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