Wednesday, July 7, 2010
"A federal judge in Iowa on Monday announced a prison sentence of 27 years on financial fraud charges for Sholom Rubashkin, the former manager of a kosher meatpacking plant where hundreds of illegal immigrant workers were arrested in a 2008 raid that garned national attention. Although the case against Mr. Rubashkin originally centered on immigration charges, during the trial in Cedar rapids prosecutors focused instead on financial abuses when he was in charge of the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. The sentence, two years more than prosecutors had requested, was unusually high in the recent history of financial crimes--longer than the term for Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron, and L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former chief executive of Tyco. ... The sentence is also likely to deepen the belief among some Orthodox Jewish leaders, who have sustained an international campaign on Mr. Rubashkin's behalf, that he was unfairly tried. ... The federal prosecutors had originally sought a life sentence for Mr. Rubashkin, but then revised their request to 25 years. Six former attorneys general, including Janet K. Reno and Edwin Meese III, wrote to Judge Reade in April arguing that a life sentence would be a severe misreading of the sentencing guidelines as applied to white-collar crimes", Julia Preston at the NYT, 22 June 2010, link:
Amazing, I agree with Janet Reno. Applying the sentencing guideline 2B1.1 to Rubashkin's crimes, I add four points as a manager of five or more, and 22 points for $26 million damage, total = 33 points, a 135-168 month sentence from the table. What's going on here? Is the Obama administration's (ad hominem attack notice) displaying its anti-semitism for all to see? A life sentence? Why?