Jens Krogstad • Des Moines Register
3:48 p.m., Waterloo, Ia. — Sholom Rubashkin’s child labor trial will resume on Friday, because of health reasons and a Jewish holiday.
Rubashkin will remain in the hospital overnight and will be unable to appear in court tomorrow, according to friends and his defense team.
Last week, the judge had granted Rubashkin’s request to take Wednesday and Thursday off for the Jewish holihday of Shavuot.
Rubashkin, a former executive at Agriprocessors, a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, faces 83 misdemeanor child-labor charges. The state alleges minors worked excessive hours and were exposed to poisonous chemicals and dangerous machinery.
Prosecutors brought dozens of former child laborers and supervisors to the witness stand last week, the first week of the scheduled three-week trial.