Attorneys seek dismissal of case against ex-Agriprocessors official
February 24, 2009
by Bryan Salvage
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Attorneys for Sholom Rubashkin, a former manager at the Agriprocessors packing plant in Postville, Iowa, said the charges against him should be dismissed because the grand jury that indicted him was biased, according to The Associated Press. Mr. Rubashkin faces nearly 100 counts against him, including multiple immigration and bank fraud charges.
On Feb. 23, Mr. Rubashkin’s attorney and an attorney for the Agriprocessors Inc. plant asked U.S. District Judge Linda Reade to dismiss the charges against Mr. Rubashkin and the company. They said the grand jury developed prejudices based on Jewish stereotypes. And they argued the exposure to stereotypes influenced the grand jury in racial, cultural and religious matters.
Assistant U.S Attorney Sean Berry countered that the indictment was based on evidence, not religion.
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