First of all, the Toyota analogy in the video is foolish. The problems with some Toyota vehicles just came to light in last several months. In order to criminally charge Toyota executives, law enforcement first needs to be able to prove a particular crash was caused by a defect Toyota knew about but did not fix. That is nearly impossible to do.
In the early years of Agriprocessors, Sholom Rubashkin lived in Saint Paul, on the most expensive street in the area, in a large home.
In Postville, Sholom Rubashkin lives in a huge modern home that is easily the most expensive in the area (or if not, it's in the top five).
Yet this video produced by Rubashkin's PR agency claims he led a "modest lifestyle" and spent his money on charity.
The truth is much of the money given to charity was money that came from illegal sources, including money Agriprocessors stole from its employees – especially its undocumented employees.
The court knows this. It has the evidence. Just as it has evidence of bribes, price fixing and collusion – much of it made possible by stealing.
How do you think these lies impact the judge? Do you think she looks at this slick but largely false PR campaign with a kind eye?
I doubt it, especially because these hacks are also attacking the entire American justice system with those lies.
If Rubashkin gets 20 years, blame his stubbornness. But also blame the lies told by his agents, be they the PR hacks who produced this video or attorneys like Nathan Lewin.
[Hat Tip: michalovetch.]