Attorneys for Reb Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin filed an appeal yesterday of a judge’s denial of a motion for a new sentencing hearing, KOL HAOLAM reports.
The Rubashkin team asked the U.S. 8th circuit Court of Appeals to allow a hearing to view evidence that the government knowingly sabotaged the sale of Rubashkin’s slaughterhouse until the plant which had offers for nearly $50 million was sold for $8.5 million. That led to the bank’s loss of $27 million, which in turn led to Rubashkin’s 27-year prison sentence.
In January, Judge Linda Reade denied the motion — and even took the unusual step of denying a “certificate of appealability,” which would allow Rubashkin to go ahead with further appeals. The latest filing requests that the appeals court issue the certificate.