By COLlive reporter
Shortly after praying at the Rebbe’s Ohel, Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin has received the great news that he and his many supporters were in dire need of.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled Thursday that federal immigration and financial charges against Rubashkin were improperly joined, granting a request from the former Agriprocessors executive that paves the way for two separate trials.
The court’s ruling acknowledged that a jury would have a difficult time keeping all 142 federal charges against Rubashkin separate and that evidence presented to substantiate some charges could prejudice a jury’s decision on other unrelated charges.
That means that prosecutors must try two cases, and that evidence from one trial may not be admissible in the other, AP reported.
In an email to the Iowa Independent, Rubashkin’s attorney, Guy Cook, called the ruling a “very significant victory” for his client.
Before leaving Crown Heights for Postville, Rubashkin said he was grateful for the short visit on Gimmel Tammuz.
“We hope this is just the beginning of the miracles we will be seeing and the truth coming out,” he told COLlive after speaking to Rabbi Akiva Wagner, Rosh Yeshiva Lubavitch in Toronto, who was siting in in 770 Eastern Parkway.