Ami Magazine Names Rubashkin Attorney "Person of the Year"
On Monday, October 1, the first day of Sukkos, the worldwide Jewish community received distressing news. The United States Supreme Court formally declined to review the 27-year prison term given to Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the former Agriprocessors vice president who was convicted of financial fraud after a huge immigration raid in 2008 at his Iowa meatpacking plant.
Without comment, the Supreme Court justices declined to consider an appeal filed by Sholom Rubashkin as they opened their new term. The decision lets stand his conviction on 86 counts of financial misconduct and a prison term that could keep the 52-year-old chasidic man locked up for the rest of his life.
And therefore, Ami has decided to name Agriprocessors and Rubashkin's long time attorney, Nathan Lewin, as its "Person of Year," despite the fact that many of the facts Lewin spouts in Rubashkin's favor are misrepresented or false, and despite the fact that Lewin's belligerent attitude before that immigration raid helped spark PETA's undercover work at Agriprocessors and the ire of thousands of Jews, environmentalists and animal welfare activists worldwide.