Motion denied for former Agriprocessors CEO
By Trish Mehaffey
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sholom Rubashkin will stay in jail for now.
U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles on Monday denied the former Agriprocessors Inc. CEO's motion to extend the deadline on filing an appeal of the detention order. Scoles ordered Rubashkin, 49, of Postville, last month to remain in custody until his trial in January.
Prosecutors last month argued Rubashkin should remain in custody because he attempted to tamper with evidence when he was released from jail the initial charges of harboring illegal immigrants, document fraud and identity theft. They also argued he was a flight risk because a bag of cash and birth certificates, Social Security cards and passports for his children were found during a search of his residence.
Rubashkin was charged last month with 12 counts of harboring undocumented aliens for profit, conspiracy to commit document fraud, conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit, aiding and abetting document fraud, six counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft and two counts of bank fraud.
The charges are related to a May immigration raid at the kosher meat processing plant in Postville.
The filing date for the appeal is Monday, but the extension motion argued Rubashkin needs time to assemble a legal team to obtain a transcript of the detention hearing and to conduct additional legal research.
Scoles order said the defendant failed to show good cause for an extension.