Nov 20, 2008
Judge: No Bail For Rubashkin
Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin in Postville's shul * archive photo

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles has ruled that Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin is a flight risk and should remain in federal custody.

By Lynda Waddington, Iowa Independent

Despite offering the court $3.75 million for bail, former Agriprocessors chief executive Sholom Rubashkin will remain in federal custody.

“After having carefully considered all of the evidence and arguments of counsel, however, the court concludes that [Rubashkin] is a serious risk of flight,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles wrote in the detention order this afternoon. “The government has met its burden by a preponderance of the evidence that there is no condition or combination of conditions which will reasonably assure [Rubashkin's] appearance at the time of trial.”

Rubashkin, who was originally arrested on Oct. 30 on immigration-related federal charges, was released with an ankle tracking device on a $1 million bond. The former executive has been detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Office since his arrest last Friday on bank fraud.

Scoles, in making the decision to keep Rubashkin detained until trial, discussed the “substantial” evidence against Rubashkin as well as discoveries in the Rubashkin home of $20,000 in cash, several silver coins and passports. Scoles also said that Rubashkin’s ties to the community of Postville would become more murky as the Agriprocessors plant continues negotiations with potential purchasers.

Scoles also took into consideration Isreal’s “Law of Return,” which provides citizenship to any Jew and members of his family who express desire to settle in the country.

“At the time of hearing, the government proffered that two supervisors at Agriprocessors fled following the search on May 12, 2008,” wrote Scoles. “It is believed that Hosam Amara, a Muslim with Israeli citizenship, fled to Israel, possibly through Canada.”

Rubashkin presented the court with roughly 275 letters of support from “the Postville area and throughout the nation.” A total of 30 people in Postville indicated they would be willing to pledge their homes’ equity, a total of roughly $2 million, to be used to secure an appearance bond for Rubashkin. Two relatives also told the court they would be willing to offer their homes’ equity, totaling roughly $1.5 million, also to secure a bond. Finally, Rubashkin offered the court an additional $225,000 cash deposit.

The detention order does not specify what will happen in relation to the earlier bond posted by Rubashkin. A trial on the immigration-related charges is scheduled to begin Jan. 20. No trial date has yet been set for the charges of bank fraud.

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gemany 1933!!!!
(11/20/2008 6:44:32 PM)
Halacha Eisav Sone L'Yaakov
(11/20/2008 6:56:25 PM)
Stop with this anti semetizm claims all the time!!
There are no bases to claim anti semetism here. the raid was as a result of some insider and some of you knows what i'm talking about.
The bank fraud charges are legitimate if you really know what happened!
If the law was kept this would have not happen!!!
so please remember one thing if you are a CEO of a large corporation. Run your business by the book, keep the rules and never, but never feel that no one can get you!
this is a sad sad reminder
(11/20/2008 7:40:13 PM)
bas yisroel
we MUST continue to say tehillim for him, and pray that the judge will have rachmonus and let him out.
(11/20/2008 7:41:41 PM)
Don't be blind
but it is antisemitism
Bringing up Israel and the Law of Return is ridiculous.
Siding with the bad guys won't make them like you any better than they like Rubashkin. Open your eyes.
(11/20/2008 8:27:03 PM)
to:stop with the antisemitsm claim
Shame on you!!!! Even if you fell the way you do because of your extreme jealousy or hatred-keep your mouth shut!! How can you say negative about another Jew who is sitting in jail-You are worse than the Goyim-They have compassion on ppl who are really a threat to society but you are learning and teaching lessons-what a "rightous"person you must be. Why don't you take a lesson from the Torah itself-"Love your fellow like yourself"How would you want ppl to react if this was you.....-The baal shem tovsays the fauts you see in others is really a reflection of yourself-Look long and hard in a mirror-Then do s/t nice for someone instead of opening your foul mouth
(11/20/2008 9:05:38 PM)
Hashem must have rachmonos!
(11/20/2008 10:02:51 PM)
Hashem must have rachmonos!
Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin and his family do not deserve this. They are the kindest people in the world. Please continue to daven for Sholom Mordechai HaLevi ben Rivka and may Hashem answer our tefillos and set Rabbi Rubashkin free!!!
(11/20/2008 10:06:06 PM)
its amazing
i hope the pepole that right that stupidity on a person that is sitting in jail i wont get in to details on how much tezaka and chesed this man does and his family and im not a relative just a simple jew ...who wants to tell you siog lachacma shtika and im sue you are a goy some were down the bt freak go back to kentucky
(11/20/2008 10:13:18 PM)
for all of you
for all of you that say you do the crime you do the time and your other crazy comment you can sell sifrei torahas to get this man out of jail i dont wish jail on my wors enemy not even for one day rachmana litzland hashem have mercy moshiach now!
(11/20/2008 10:16:30 PM)
(11/20/2008 10:30:39 PM)
sad sad day
Murderers are released on bail with considerable less $

Wall street fat cats and cheaters are being baled out to the tune of hundreds of billions

The big three cheating auto giants will also get 50 billion

etc etc etc

America is loosing its grip.

A frum Jew is offering millions of dollars bond to remain next to his family and friends, with dignity, while he fights the charges against him....and he is denied!!!????

Another frum Jew has the nurve to speak against one of his own!!!!!

It is surely a sad, sad day in this country.

May Hashem help us all to pull out of this mess

(11/20/2008 10:47:55 PM)
yes it really sad but i have to agree that keeping to thew law is more important than just being known as "the nice guy" the gov. will catch up with you...
(11/23/2008 2:58:06 PM)
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