IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has granted the request of a former top manager at a kosher slaughterhouse to travel from Iowa to New York and pray at the grave of a famous Orthodox Jewish leader.
U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade says Sholom Rubashkin can be driven from Postville to a Queens, N.Y., cemetery for the Jewish New Year. He's expected to visit the grave of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson on Wednesday.
Rubashkin was a top manager at the Agriprocessors, Inc., slaughterhouse in Postville, the site of a massive immigration raid in May 2008.
Rubashkin faces immigration, bank fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud charges. His trial is set for Oct. 13.
He has been under supervised release since February. He spent more than three months in jail because of flight risk concerns.