Rubashkin Lawyers Ask for More Time to File Appeal Brief


rubashkin[Click here for the extention request.] The lawyers for Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin have issued a request to the court in Iowa to extend the deadline for filing of his appeal brief.

The request has been made for the court to extend the deadline for the opening brief by 33 days to the day after Labor Day, September 7.

Reb Sholom Mordechai is currently serving his prison sentence and has been in custody since November 12, 2009, when the jury returned its verdict.

His motions for release on bail pending sentencing and pending appeal have been denied.

The brief requesting the extension explains that additional time requested is necessary for Reb Sholom Mordechai’s appellate counsel to investigate and brief the issues in a very extensive and complex criminal case. Reb Sholom Mordechai was convicted following an 18-day jury trial of 86 criminal charges alleged under six different criminal statutes.

The complexity of this case is evidenced by, among other things, the fact that the government obtained seven superseding indictments before bringing this matter to trial. The docket in the district court is more than 900 entries long. The trial transcript covers 4,092 pages.

The sentencing proceedings in this case were likewise highly involved. The district court imposed its sentence only after holding a two-day evidentiary hearing and, later, issuing a 52-page sentencing memorandum addressing numerous contested sentencing issues.

The requested additional time is also required because the attorneys who represent Reb Sholom Mordechai on this appeal were not involved in Reb Sholom Mordechai’s defense at trial and are learning the voluminous district court record now for the first time.

If this extension request is granted, no additional request for extension of time will be made and Reb Sholom Mordechai’s opening brief will be filed or before September 7.

 {Noam Newscenter}


  1. Everyone please come out tonight to Lakewood to show support to Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka and all those that are working so tirelessly on his behalf. May HaShem repay them tenfold. We certainly owe them a debt of gratitude.

  2. May Shalom Mordechai Halevi ben Rivka be matzliach in his appeal and may he be released immediately to his wonderful family. May Hashem bless his lawyers and all the wonderful people working on his behalf. May H’KBH give a “missa meshuna” to Linda Reade!

  3. Rabosai – K’ish Echad B’lev Echad – Come tonight to Lake Terrace and join the thousands in supporting R’ Sholom MOrdechai during this crisis. I’ve heard form askanim how crucial the attendance of every single Yochid is.

  4. Dear Moshe2

    we have to continue to daven to Hashem for Reb Sholom to be freed completely and not to forget:
    yeshuas Hashem ke’heref ayin