Sentenced to a draconian 27 years behind bars, Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s case, which began in 2008, has had international support from hundreds of former Department of Justice officials, federal judges, law professors, congressmen, and senators, as well as tens of thousands of citizens across the country. He now faces one last chance to fight for justice and freedom from the US Courts by filing a post-conviction motion, known as a Section 2255.
The clock is ticking for Reb Sholom Mordechai, whose mandatory filing deadline for the Section 2255 is October 1, 2013. Jim Wyrsch and J.R. Hobbs of the prestigious Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian law firm in Kansas City will be spearheading this effort.
Together, Wyrsch and Hobbs have successfully litigated numerous post-conviction cases in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, including Section 2255 motions. They will be joined by sentencing guru Professor Douglas Berman who is a nationally recognized authority on criminal law and sentencing.
Regarding Reb Sholom Mordechai’s case, Professor Doug Berman said, “2255 actions are not only the only way, but often the very best way, to unearth and document flaws in the prosecution and sentencing of a defendant in a high-profile case. The best lawyers have a terrific track record of getting death sentences reversed through habeas appeals and Mr. Rubashkin is serving a functional death sentence.”
Leah Rubashkin, Reb Sholom Mordechai’s wife, says, “I am hopeful that the funds can be pulled together to retain this incredible power team as soon as possible, especially considering the quickly approaching deadline. Today is Sholom Mordechai’s 1336th day in prison. Our entire family is davening heart and soul, along with so many of Klal Yisroel, to be reunited with Sholom Mordechai right away.”