Monday, July 12, 2010

Lakewood rally to protest kosher slaughterhouse manager's sentence 

A rally is set to be held here tonight to protest the conviction of Sholom Rubashkin, the former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa who was sentenced to 27 years in prison last month in a fraud case that drew national attention.

His supporters expect hundreds to attend the demonstration, including former Georgia congressman Bob Barr, now a member of Rubashkin’s legal team, according to a press release put out on behalf of the Rubashkin support Web site, justiceforsholom.org.

Although the hefty sentence alarmed many Jewish leaders across the country, it is unclear what presence there will be from Lakewood’s Orthodox Jewish community. The release does list as one of its speakers Rabbi Aryeh Kotler of Lakewood’s Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva. The event, to be held at Lake Terrace Hall at 1690 Oak Street starting at 9 p.m., comes about three weeks after lawyers for Rubashkin appealed his conviction.

Supporters have decried the prosecution of Rubashkin as overzealous. His fraud scheme was exposed after the plant, Agriprocessors, was the target of a large scale immigration raid in 2008. The plant has since filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


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