Breaking News: Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin suffered two blows today. As reported, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to hear a petition regarding his appeal to be released on bail.
In addition, jail officials have remanded Sholom Mordechai to solitary confinement for 30 days. Sholom Mordechai, who is currently in the Linn County Correctional Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been in solitary confinement since last week. This most recent move by jail officials compounds the already continuous travesty of justice in the Rubashkin case, as has been recorded and analyzed here on Matzav.com over the past few months.
This horrific action first came last week after Sholom Mordechai was suddenly forced to share his cell with a new prisoner who was transferred from another jail after the authorities there could not keep the convicted felon under control. This new roommate of Sholom Mordechai’s immediately expressed his hatred for his Jewish counterpart, calling him “dirty Jew.” The thug physically threw Sholom Mordechai - while he was wearing his tallis and davening - across the room, stating that he was going to kill him. (Read Matzav.com’s initial report here.)
It was first believed that the solitary confinement would last no more than five to ten days. Unfortunately, the prison has made a decision otherwise.
Sholom Mordechai is permitted to leave his cell for 30 minutes a day, when he is brought together with others who are also in solitary confinement - surely not a pleasant or safe experience for a frum, yarmulke-clad, bearded Jew.
These moves continue to violate Sholom Mordechai’s rights as a prisoner, as he has followed every directive since being imprisoned.
May Hashem watch over Sholom Mordechai.
Here is what really happened with that fight , according to KCRG TV News and jail officials:
The former manager of the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville has been moved to an individual cell at the Linn County Jail after getting into a scuffle with another inmate.
Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said Rubashkin and a fellow inmate were arguing over the volume level on a television Tuesday night, and their verbal disagreement turned physical.The incident occurred in a common area in the cell block both men shared, Gardner said.
Both inmates were put in cells by themselves until a hearing officer at the jail can determine if the inmates should face further punishment, Gardner said.…
Matzav also misreported the original fight story, along with much of the trial, the immigration raid and related events. It reads like Pravda under Stalin, and it carries the endorsement of its own Politburo – haredi rabbis.