Friends of Sholom Rubashkin, former manager of Agriprocessors, say a recent sentence of 27 years in prison was due to unethical, overzealous actions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the trial judge.
New evidence shows that Judge Linda Reade was actively engaged in the planning for the May 2008 raid on Agriprocessors and participated in preparations for the raid, say activists working on Rubashkin’s behalf.
Already, prominent legal voices are speaking out against the unlawful actions of Chief Judge Linda Reade and the prosecutors in the Rubashkin case.
They include Mark Harrison, the former chairman of the American Bar Association’s Commission to Revise the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, and Professor Stephen Gillers, one of the most frequently quoted authority on legal ethics, who teaches at New York University Law School. These ethics experts concluded that Judge Reade violated the Code of Judicial Conduct and the prosecutors engaged in misconduct.
The case is also drawing the eye of lawmakers, like Rep. Anthony Weiner and Rep. Tim Murphy, who wrote letters to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking an investigation by the Department of Justice into prosecutorial misconduct in the Rubashkin case.
A letter from ‘Justice for Sholom’ organization urges all concerned about the case to contact your senators and U.S. representatives, and ask them to send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an investigation.
“It is time for the Department of Justice to correct this injustice and provide fair justice for Sholom Rubashkin,” the letter states.
Please note: It is not appropriate to send e-mails or other correspondence to the judge in this case or the appellate court. Please direct all e-mails to your local senator or congressman or the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at [email protected] 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.”