By COLlive reporter
Modern-day Chanukah miracle.
U.S. President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, a kosher meat executive who was harshly sentenced to 27 years.
In a statement, the White House noted that the action was “encouraged by bipartisan leaders from across the political spectrum, from Nancy Pelosi to Orrin Hatch.”
During Rubashkin’s time as CEO of Agriprocessors in Iowa, the plant grew into the largest kosher meat producer in the United States.
Rubashkin, a 57-year-old Lubavitcher chossid and father of 10 children, previously ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country’s largest kosher meat-processing company.
In 2009, he was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced thereafter to 27 years in prison. Rubashkin has now served more than 8 years of that sentence, which many have called excessive in light of its disparity with sentences imposed for similar crimes.
This action is not a Presidential pardon, the White House said. “It does not vacate Mr. Rubashkins conviction, and it leaves in place a term of supervised release and a substantial restitution obligation, which were also part of Mr. Rubashkins sentence.”
The Presidents review of Mr. Rubashkin’s case and commutation decision were based on expressions of support from Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community.
A bipartisan group of more than 100 former high-ranking and distinguished Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars have expressed concerns about the evidentiary proceedings in Mr. Rubashkins case and the severity of his sentence. Additionally, more than 30 current Members of Congress have written letters expressing support for review of Mr. Rubashkins case.