Trump commutes 27-year sentence of slaughterhouse boss jailed for financial crimes

Trump issues first commuted prison sentence

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, the chief executive of what was then the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the country, who was convicted of bank fraud and money laundering charges.

The White House said in a statement that the President's evaluation of Mr. Rubashkin's case and compensation settlement were depended on assertion of corroboration from members of Congress and a wide representation of the legal populace. The statement also cites.

The release stated that the action is not a presidential pardon. In 2008, the plant was raided by federal officials, resulting in the arrest of 389 illegal immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala.

Rubashkin, now 57, was found guilty in 2009 of submitting fake invoices to inflate the plant's worth in order to borrow more and sentenced to 27 years.

Advocates for Rubashkin, among them prominent legal and political figures, later offered evidence that they said showed prosecutors tampered inappropriately with the case.

News of Rubashkin's commutation was greeted with joy among his community of Chabad-Lubavitch Jews in NY. The plant was eventually purchased by Canadian billionaire Hershey Friedman and is now currently known as Agri Star Meat and Poultry. Outgoing New York City Council member David Greenfield, an Orthodox Jew who represents the neighborhood where Rubaskin's family lives, called the news a "Chanukah miracle" on Twitter.

The White House said the president's decision to review Rubashkin's sentence was driven by concerns raised by a bipartisan group of more than 100 former high-ranking law enforcement and Justice Department officials, including multiple former attorneys general, as well as prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars.

Large crowds were seen celebrating on the street in Borough Park, Brooklyn upon hearing the news that Rubashkin was to be released.

On Wednesday, Trump commuted his sentence, leaving in place a period of supervised release, according to The Yeshiva World, which first reported the move. He called it a case in which the prosecution "was too zealous and a judge who was too involved in pretrial prosecution strategies".

More than 100 United States attorneys general, judges, and other judicial professionals signed a letter to Trump in February, pleading for clemency on Rubashkin's behalf. Joseph Lieberman; and former federal appeals court judge Kenneth Starr.

Last December, a former deputy attorney general who served under President Bill Clinton wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post claiming that Rubashkin's sentence was based on "perjured testimony and prosecutorial misconduct".



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