President Commutes Sentence of Iowa Meatpacking Executive

Rubashkin was convicted in counts of financial fraud that came to light after a government raid on a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville Iowa

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a Cabinet meeting at the White House December 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"Mr. Rubashkin is a devoted husband and father, a deeply religious man who simply doesn't deserve a sentence of this length, or anything remotely close to it", the letter read.

The White House noted that Rubashkin's sentence is only being commuted and he has not been pardoned. The New York Daily News reported he is from Brooklyn, and the White House said he ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country's largest kosher meat processing company. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the plant in May 2008 and arrested almost 400 Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants who were living and working in the country illegally.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who received 27 years behind bars for money laundering.

Wednesday, The White House issued a statement that President Trump had commuted Rubashkin's sentence.

Trump's commutation is not a pardon, meaning that Rubashkin's conviction is not vacated, and he still must make restitution payments and submit to post-release supervision.

President commutes sentence of former slaughterhouse executive
Trump commutes Iowa man's 27-year sentence for bank fraud

With its announcement, the White House enclosed letters from several former U.S. attorneys general and Congress members from both sides of the aisle that raised questions about his conviction or asked that he receive clemency. "The unrelenting efforts on Rubashkin's behalf have finally paid off". In 2009, he was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced thereafter to 27 years in prison.

Prosecutors argued in response that it was Rubashkin's "criminal conduct" that drove down the sale price of the company, not interference by prosecutors. USA federal Judge Linda Reade hit Rubaskin with a sentence of 27 years, two more than prosecutors had requested.

Despite six amicus briefs joined by numerous legal heavyweights, the Supreme Court in 2012 denied a petition from Rubashkin to look into his case and sentencing.

Rubashkin has also been backed by the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community that has its headquarter in Crown Heights.

"I am proud to be a part of a large, bipartisan group of members of Congress who, along with over a hundred former senior justice officials, have been calling for Mr. Rubashkin's release for the past eight years", Hatch tweeted.

But former prosecutor Bob Teig, who retired in 2011 after serving as a prosecutor and spokesman for the USA attorney's office for the Northern District of Iowa, said Trump's decision to commute Rubashkin's sentence "makes no sense" given Trump's repeated promises to get tougher on illegal immigration.

Dreaming Of A White Christmas? Here Are The Odds
I would think that most folks like the idea of waking up Christmas morning to a white blanket of mood-setting snow. Uncertainty is still high, so we can still easily be sitting around in short sleeves and shorts on Christmas Day.

Related:

  • Former Alaska governor, VP candidate Sarah Palin's son assaults father

    Former Alaska governor, VP candidate Sarah Palin's son assaults father

    Sarah Palin's oldest son, Track , has been arraigned on charges that he assaulted his father at the family's home in Alaska. Track Palin then broke a window, entered the house and began beating his father, the newspaper reported .
    Romantic Action Puzzler Catherine is Being Remastered for PS4 and Vita

    Romantic Action Puzzler Catherine is Being Remastered for PS4 and Vita

    And during the day, Vincent will not only have to juggle his feelings for Katherine and Catherine , but a woman named Rin. Second, it got me looking back into games I half-completed or overlooked, wondering if they would receive a PS4 remaster.
    Why Braun Strowman won't face Brock Lesnar one-on-one at the Royal Rumble

    Why Braun Strowman won't face Brock Lesnar one-on-one at the Royal Rumble

    A subsequent WWE announcement provided to 411 noted that the victor will get a championship opportunity at WrestleMania 34 . Out of all the women now employed by WWE , there is no one who has been portrayed as strong as Asuka.
  • The Official 'Ocean's 8' Trailer Starring Rihanna

    The Official 'Ocean's 8' Trailer Starring Rihanna

    Notably, the picture is also going to have Matt Damon reprising his role of Linus Caldwell from the original Ocean's Trilogy. Just like in the teaser trailer, the Ocean's 8 official trailer features Debbie drinking a martini at a mausoleum.
    Selena Gomez's Mom Taken to Hospital

    Selena Gomez's Mom Taken to Hospital

    In order of my girls, Selena , Scarlett and Gracie '. #family13 made me smile and feel loved when so needed and they didn't know'. Unlike Selena's loved ones, Justin's own family seems to be entirely okay with his reconciliation with Selena.
    Power Outage At Atlanta Airport Causing Delays In DFW

    Power Outage At Atlanta Airport Causing Delays In DFW

    Delta has established a dedicated line to assist customers with checked luggage that was impacted by the @ATLairport power outage. At the time, CEO Ed Bastian vowed Delta would make "significant improvements" in order to rebound more quickly from disruptions.
  • Reporter Questions Bill Belichick About Tom Brady's Shady Trainer

    Reporter Questions Bill Belichick About Tom Brady's Shady Trainer

    However, Brady sidestepped the question when asked about Guerrero's absence during their Pittsburgh road trip [VIDEO ]. State regulators in MA also intervened, believing he was practicing physical therapy without a license.
    Xiaomi No 1 Mi Fan Sale Begins Today: Check Out Top Deals

    Xiaomi No 1 Mi Fan Sale Begins Today: Check Out Top Deals

    The Mi Band-HRX Edition Black which is tagged as the "bestseller" on the website will be selling at Rs 1299. Mi Router 3C and Mi Wi-Fi Repeater 2 will be available at Rs 999 and Rs 699 respectively.
    Boca Raton Bowl 2017, Lane Kiffin's FAU vs. Akron

    Boca Raton Bowl 2017, Lane Kiffin's FAU vs. Akron

    The Owls earned an opportunity to compete in Tuesday's Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl against Akron. He started the season with a 1-3 record, but finished with a nine-game winning streak to win the C-USA.
  • Virginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bulls

    Virginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bulls

    The two dogs together weighed twice as much as Stephens, who authorities described as "petite" and weighing 45kg. Everyone has said the dogs were socialized, passive and had a significant bond with Stephens.
    WannaCry ransomware: Now the United States  says North Korea was to blame

    WannaCry ransomware: Now the United States says North Korea was to blame

    North Korea, meanwhile, runs what amounts to its own organised crime syndicate dedicated to raising money for the Kim family. Bossert said the evidence was confirmed by governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft.
    5-Year-Old Calls Police to Report the Grinch

    5-Year-Old Calls Police to Report the Grinch

    The officer in MS assured the young boy that his Christmas was safe and that the Grinch would not be stealing his toys. TyLon wants to become a police officer and doesn't seem to be too far off from accomplishing his dreams.

Comments

Latest news

Coinbase Rolls Out Bitcoin Cash Support
Immediately after the launch, the price of the cryptocurrency rose to all-time highs of around $3,600 on most major exchanges. This peculiarity of the split effectively created "new" money, leading some exchanges not to support Bitcoin Cash.

Ryanair Pilots Set Recognition Deadline as Strike Threat Lingers
Ryanair said earlier that recognising the unions of pilots and cabin crew will cost them €100m a year. Shares in the airline reversed some of its recent losses and were higher in Dublin trade today.

Pentagon had multi-million dollar secret UFO programme
THE US Government secretly funded a £16million programme which investigated the existence of UFOs and aliens, it emerged last night.

U.S. declares North Korea led huge WannaCry cyberattack
What the point of this blame will be remains uncertain, other than piling on amid rising tensions with North Korea. " Mr. Thomas Bossert, an aide to US President Donald Trump, made the accusation in the Wall Street Journal newspaper.

Facebook improves how blind can 'see' images using AI
The newest features start rolling out Tuesday, in all markets where facial recognition features are now allowed on Facebook . Facebook's database of facial recognition has an impression of users' faces, which it calls a template.

More than 13000 wreaths placed on graves to honor fallen soldiers
The weather on Saturday proved to be much nicer than past year with sunny skies and temperatures near 40 degrees. It was part of Wreaths Across America , a campaign started to place a wreath on every service member's grave.

Treasuries Close Firmly Negative As House Approves Tax Reform Bill
Two-thirds of those surveyed said the bill would help the rich more than the middle-class. Those in the top 1 percent, earning over $733,000, would see average tax cuts of $51,140.

Chrome will start blocking 'intrusive' ads starting February 15
The company has now announced that its browser software will start blocking nonconforming ads on February 15. Google will begin blocking ads in line with the Coalition for Better Ads' "Better Ads Experience Program".

Lady Gaga Officially Has Her Own Residency In Las Vegas
I love Las Vegas and the people there, and I love show business. "#LasVegasGoesGaga", Gaga tweeted on Tuesday, confirming the news.

Samsung introduces the Galaxy A8/A8+ (2018) with two front cameras
Samsung's Galaxy S8 ( review ) brought a great design to the table, even if it does feel a little fragile. Unfortunately, Samsung has included Android 7.1 Nougat software on the phones, so no Oreo on release.

US Vetoes UN Call To Withdraw Trump's Decision On Jerusalem
The US abstained in that vote, allowing it to pass, but would today block it with their veto, Haley said. But unlike the Security Council, the assembly's resolutions are not legally binding.

'Productive day' for firefighters at the Thomas Fire
Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a shift in the winds would make for more favorable conditions, a news report said . The current record is held by the 2003 Cedar Fire, which killed 15 people and charred just over 273,000 acres in San Diego.

Pence delays trip to Middle East
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah faction had called for a massive demonstration to protest against Pence's visit. From there he was scheduled to visit Israel before traveling to Germany to meet with USA troops stationed there.

Amtrak train derailment witness who helped victims describes scene at deadly crash
US President Donald Trump tweeted that the incident shows "more than ever" why his infrastructure plan "must be approved quickly". Amtrak Cascades passenger trains going through Tacoma would usually take a route along the shores of Puget Sound.

Trump judicial nominee withdraws from consideration
Another one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees has withdrawn after a video surfaced that made him look incompetent. But Petersen's lack of qualifications were painfully on display last week as Sen.

Other news