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December 20, 2017 9:16 pm

Trump Commutes Sentence of Imprisoned Kosher Meat Executive Sholom Rubashkin

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Sholom Rubashkin with members of his family. Photo: family.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who received 27 years behind bars for money laundering – the first time Trump has used the presidential power after nearly a year in office.

The decision to intervene on behalf of Sholom Rubashkin, who ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country’s largest kosher meat-processing company, came at the urging of members of Congress and other high-ranking officials who argued Rubashkin’s sentence was too harsh, the White House said.

Rubashkin was convicted in 2009 of financial fraud for submitting fake invoices to the plant’s bank that made the company’s finances appear healthier than they were so that it could borrow more. His prosecution came after federal authorities raided the plant and arrested 389 immigrants in the country illegally in 2008.

Rubashkin’s longtime attorney, Guy Cook, praised the decision, saying his client “has finally received justice.”

“The sentence previously imposed was unfair, unjust and essential a life sentence,” he said. “President Trump has done what is right and just. The unrelenting efforts on Rubashkin’s behalf have finally paid off.”

On social media, Jewish pundits and organizations welcomed Trump’s announcement, as did some of the legislators who condemned Rubashkin’s trial and sentencing as unjust.

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