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Lawyers for convicted former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin have appealed a judge’s decision denying their bid for a new trial.
In a brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo., lawyers for Rubashkin made four arguments on his behalf, chief among...
December 19, 2010 | 8:50 pm
Members of the Rubashkin family, who operated the now-defunct Agriprocessers kosher meatpacking plant, must pay a total of more than $2 million after defaulting on loans.
A federal judge ordered Dec. 16 that Abraham Aaron Rubashkin and sons Sholom and Tzvi must pay the money to the...
June 28, 2010 | 11:06 am
The unusually severe sentence of 27 years in prison for Sholom Rubashkin is a victory for a prosecution that from the outset pursued a win-at-all-costs strategy. But the success comes at a price, and not just to the 51-year-old man now facing a virtual life sentence, his wife and 10...
June 22, 2010 | 5:38 pm
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Kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years in a federal prison for his conviction on federal financial fraud charges.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade filed the sentencing memorandum Monday and will present the sentence in federal court Tuesday in Cedar...
June 8, 2010 | 9:28 am
Kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin was acquitted in an Iowa state court of child labor violations.
Rubashkin was found not guilty on all 67 counts of child labor violations, relating to 26 teenagers from South America who worked at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking...
May 3, 2010 | 11:27 am
With a federal judge expected to issue a sentence in his case later this month, a former kosher meatpacking executive expressed regret for his actions—and entering the family business.
The two-day sentencing hearing in the financial fraud conviction of ex-Agriprocessors official...
April 29, 2010 | 11:24 am
A federal judge is expected to issue a judgment in the sentencing of a former kosher meatpacking executive in three to four weeks.
The sentencing hearing in the financial fraud conviction of ex-Agriprocessors official Sholom Rubashkin is set to continue Thursday in federal court in...
April 27, 2010 | 10:25 am
Six former U.S. attorneys general have criticized prosecutors’ recommendation that a kosher meatpacking plant executive receive life in prison for bank fraud.
The former attorneys general, as well as 17 other Justice Department veterans, expressed their concern in a letter to Linda...
April 21, 2010 | 11:46 am
The U.S. Department of Justice again has declined to intervene in the sentencing of a convicted kosher meat executive.
Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer wrote in a letter Monday that concerns about the sentencing of former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin were best...
December 3, 2008 | 6:09 pm
Business could not have been better for Ilan Parente, owner of Solomon's Finest Kosher Meats, the only fresh meat supplier at this year's Kosherfest 2008, the international kosher food and food service trade show.
Held Nov. 11 and 12 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New...
November 24, 2008 | 8:06 pm
November 20, 2008 | 2:49 amNEW YORK (JTA)--A supermarket in New Jersey with a large kosher section has shelves nearly empty of kosher beef. In New York, a kosher steakhouse says its customers are canceling reservations because choice cuts aren't always available. And the nation's largest kosher meat producer,...
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October 16, 2008 | 1:28 amSeeking to accentuate Jewish traditions that place a premium on ethical integrity, Los Angeles Orthodox rabbis are encouraging local businesses to sign up for a new seal of certification that ensures employers are treating workers fairly and humanely.
The move comes in response to...
September 23, 2008 | 11:15 pmNEW YORK (JTA) -- Agriprocessors has named a New York attorney as its new chief executive officer.
The hiring of Bernard Feldman of Long Island as the kosher meat producer's new chief executive keeps the company in the good graces of the Orthodox Union, which said last week it would...
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NEW YORK (JTA)—An undercover video shot at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, is prompting new claims that the company engages in inhumane slaughter and that it misled a delegation of Orthodox rabbis who visited the plant in July.
The video, shot undercover...
August 28, 2008 | 12:15 am
Agri Rebukes Obama Over Criticism
Nathan Lewin, who is representing the largest kosher meat producer in the United States, in a statement released early Tuesday wondered whether Barack Obama had weighed the evidence in the case or considered the company's repeated denials.
August 14, 2008 | 1:45 amAgriprocessors
I was relieved to learn that Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie of Chabad of Yorba Linda found that the working conditions and safety benefits at the Agriprocessors plant were "above par" ("Eating Bambi," Aug. 8).
Has he done a comprehensive survey of meatpacking plants in the...
August 6, 2008 | 12:23 amMost of the anti-Semitic mail I get these days doesn't concern Israel, Hollywood or even the threat of a nuclear war in the Middle East
--it's about meat.
The largest supplier of kosher meat in America, Agriprocessors Inc., has been the subject of ongoing public investigation and...
August 5, 2008 | 7:09 pm
The Iowa Labor Commissioner’s Office has sent dozens of alleged violations against Agriprocessors to the state attorney general for prosecution.
In its months-long investigation, the labor commissioner’s office found 57 cases of alleged child labor violations by the nation’s largest...
August 5, 2008 | 7:04 pm
POSTVILLE, Iowa (JTA)—It’s 9 a.m. on a recent Monday and about 60 people are milling around outside Jacobson Staffing, the national employment firm contracted by Agriprocessors to replace hundreds of workers lost in a May 12 federal immigration raid.
They are hoping for jobs at...
August 5, 2008 | 6:58 pm