Prominent U.S. Rabbis Urge Release of Sholom Rubashkin While He Awaits Sentencing
News Conference at National Press Club
A group of the nation's most prominent Rabbis will hold a news conference Tuesday to oppose the premature imprisonment of Sholom Rubashkin, former vice president of Agriprocessors, Inc., once the country's largest kosher meat processing plant. The Rabbis will urge the U.S. Department of Justice to closely scrutinize the demands by federal prosecutors in Iowa that Rubashkin be imprisoned before he is sentenced. The group also will request a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Rubashkin, 51, was convicted last year in federal court in Sioux Falls, S.D. of bank fraud, and prosecutors are demanding he receive a minimum of 27 years in prison. The bail issue is pending before the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on a petition for rehearing en banc.
News Conference calling for meeting with Attorney General Holder and urging U.S. Department of Justice to review the Rubashkin case.
Who: Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Exec. V.P., National Council of Young Israel
Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Vice President, Agudath Israel
Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, Rabbinical Alliance of America
Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, Rabbinical Association of Brownstone, Brooklyn
Rabbi Chaim Schwartz, Executive Director, Rabbinical Board of Queens, NY
Representatives of the Aleph Institute and Rabbinical Council of America
When: 1:30 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Where: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14 Street, NW, Washington, DC