A federal judge has denied Sholom Rubashkin‘s request for release on bail before he is sentenced on 86 financial fraud convictions.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled that Rubashkin, the former vice president at Agriprocessors Inc. poses a flight risk if released from custody.
Rubashkin should remain in jail because of the “powerful incentive to flee” in the wake of his convictions last week, she wrote, as well as his purported efforts to help another indicted manager, Hosam Amara, escape to Israel after a May 2008 immigration raid at the kosher slaughterhouse.
Defense attorneys presented Reade with 1,340 letters from Rubashkin’s supporters, and 43 people who offered the equity in their homes as collateral.
“Nevertheless, the court finds that this evidence does not rise to the ‘clear and convincing’ level necessary to show” that Rubashkin will not flee the country, Reade wrote.
Rubashkin was being held at the Linn County jail this week.
His sentencing date has not been set.
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