Trump commutes 27-year sentence of slaughterhouse boss jailed for financial crimes

The case against Rubashkin started after an immigration raid on a kosher meatpacking company that he owned, and his arrest in 2008 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents resulted in his conviction for financial crimes.

Trump's decision to commute Rubashkin's sentence had bipartisan support, including from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Republican Sen.

Sholom Rubashkin, a former manager at the now-defunct Agriprocessors kosher meat company, has served eight years of a 27-year sentence handed down after his 2009 conviction. He was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for his role in creating fake documents in order to obtain bank loans.

Prior to his sentence, Rubashkin and his father ran the Agriprocessors plant, a kosher meat-packing plant and slaughterhouse that faced "serious allegations of mistreatment of animals and employees at the plant", as reported by The Forward. Federal agents arrested hundreds of people in the raid, some of whom were found to be living and working in the U.S. illegally. Agriprocessors fell into financial hardship following the raid and was veering into bankruptcy, forcing Rubashkin to sell it. The immigration-related charges against Rubashkin were dropped after he was convicted of fraud. He was later convicted of bank fraud in federal court. Furthermore more than 30 present members of congress have composed letters communicating endorsement for review of Mr. Rubashkin's case.

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. "It does not vacate Mr. Rubashkin's conviction, and it leaves in place a term of supervised release and a substantial restitution obligation, which were also part of Mr. Rubashkin's sentence".

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News of Rubashkin's commutation was greeted with joy among his community of Chabad-Lubavitch Jews in NY.

A bipartisan classification of further than 100 erstwhile highly placed prominent Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, representatives, attorneys' judges, and legitimate academics have indicated apprehension about the significant lawsuits in Mr. Rubashkin's case and the seriousness of his ruling.

Hatch welcomed the news, calling it a "real Hanukkah miracle".

"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", they wrote in a letter that urged Trump to use his "executive clemency power to commute the patently unjust and draconian 27-year sentence imposed upon Sholom Rubashkin - a first time, non-violent offender and father of 10, including an acutely autistic child".

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