A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial for a former meatpacking executive convicted of financial fraud following an immigration raid on his plant.
Chief U.S. District Judge Linda Reade issued her ruling Wednesday, rejecting the motion filed by the lawyer for Sholom Rubashkin.
Rubashkin was found guilty of 86 financial fraud charges in 2009. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison and was ordered to pay $27 million in restitution.
His attorneys argued that new evidence showed Reade, who presided over the trial, participated in planning of the 2008 raid at Agriprocessors Inc. in Postville and could not be impartial.
Attorney Nathan Lewin said Rubashkin will appeal Reade’s decision.
“For a judge to brush it all away and say it’s not even worth a hearing when there is clear conflict is nothing short of outrageous,” he said. “The law is clear that what she did was wrong.”