Over 500 men from all sectors of the Melbourne Jewish community came together in a show of support for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin at a gathering held at the Adass-Gutnick Hall last Wednesday, 13 Sivan/June 15.
An appeal for Rubashkin was argued before three judges of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Yesterday in the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Federal courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri.
A letter to Attorney General Eric Holder by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) this week pressed Holder on the Rubashkin case after close to 40 Congressional appeals to open an investigation into allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct have gone unheeded.
Rep. Poe’s letter asks Holder if the Department of Justice has done anything about launching an investigating into the allegations of improper communications between Chief Judge Linda Reade and government authorities who prosecuted Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.
The letter is the second one the congressman has written urging a review of the case. In November, Rep. Poe, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a former prosecutor and judge, called Holder’s attention to “serious allegations of misconduct by the Judge and U.S. Attorneys in this case."
In a sign that the Rubashkin case continues to roil the highest ranks of the nation’s legal community, six amicus briefs from prestigious legal organizations and renowned legal authorities have called on the Supreme Court to grant the Rubashkin case a hearing.
The briefs are from former Solicitor General Seth Waxman, joined by 86 former DOJ officials and federal judges; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; The Washington Legal Foundation; The Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; a group of 40 legal ethics professors; and the Justice Fellowship.
With thousands of Americans out of work, the mood in the country is increasingly hostile toward illegal immigrants, who many say are taking jobs that Americans need.
Urged on by these sentiments, Republican legislators are pushing a controversial new law that critics say threatens farmers - and American freedoms.
The bill, about to be taken up by the House, would require employers to confirm the legal status of every applicant, using an electronic system known as E-Verify, with the aim of rooting out undocumented aliens.
The American public is finally awakening to the shocking implications of Operation Fast and Furious, and demanding accountability for a gun-walking scheme so wanton and reckless, it defies belief.
The covert operation, run under the auspices of ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), an agency responsible to the Department of Justice, encouraged gun dealers in the Southwest to sell firearms to middlemen, who then smuggled the weapons across the U.S.- Mexican border.
The idea was to track the approximately 2000 high-powered guns to the heads of Mexican drug cartels, who would then be nabbed by authorities. But the surveillance and tracking part of the plan never got off the ground.
The smuggled guns were soon in the hands of Mexican gangsters and have been turning up next to dead bodies. 1400 guns are still unaccounted for.
The government’s attempt to silence the voices of friends-of-the-court [amicus curiae] in the Rubashkin case undermines the American justice system, argues an influential publication, Bloomberg Law Reports.
The authors sound the alarm about an unprecedented move by federal prosecutors in Iowa that should concern all Americans.
In their scathing report, “The Troubling Implications of the Government's Recent Effort to Block Amicus Curiae Briefs,” the authors criticize the government for trying to block three prominent legal organizations that argued powerfully in separate briefs for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s right to a new trial.
With their professional reputations at stake in this high-profile case, federal prosecutors have spared no effort to twist the facts and recycle old lies and innuendo in their attempt to undermine the appeal filed by Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.
The government’s response leans heavily on mudslinging in the form of fabricated “obstruction of justice” charges that have previously been discredited by the defense. The character assault against Sholom Mordechai fills many pages in this government document, describing a lineup of “crimes” that were first devised by prosecutors in the 2009 bank fraud trial.
The obstruction of justice charges in many cases lack even the pretense of evidence. Yet, they are cloaked as “facts on record” that paint the defendant as a chronic lawbreaker with “utter disregard” for the law.
As Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s trial over child-labor charges enters its third week, the spectacle of Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants stammering fictitious stories before a jury continues to evoke astonishment that such a charade could pass for legitimate proceedings in an American court of law.
Taken together, their sad and ludicrous testimonies paint a picture of people so desperate to work in the United States that lying about their age and legal status to employers is a way of life. On the witness stand, the lies and contradictions in their testimony continually trip them up, making it all but impossible to take the proceedings seriously.
“We’re watching a comedy,” said Meir Simcha Rubashkin, son of Sholom Mordechai. In court, almost every day, he says, the testimonies of the Guatemalan witnesses whom the government has paid tens of thousands of dollars to bring to the Unites States quickly fall apart under cross-examination.
The U.S. government has done an about-face after initially attempted to silence the voices of friends-of-the-court - amicus curiae - in the Rubashkin case. The unprecedented move by federal prosecutors in Iowa to block three prominent legal organizations that argued powerfully in separate briefs for Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s right to a new trial was roundly criticized. This week, the government changed its tune, granting permission for briefs by the ACLU and the Washington-based NACDL and WLF to be submitted to the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.
Among other contentions, the briefs accuse the Iowa U.S. Attorney’s office and Chief Judge Linda Reade of engaging in months of improper ex parte discussions.
The scandal over the flawed Fast and Furious operation shows no signs of abetting as indicated at a Congressional hearing last week. The entire operation of Obama’s Justice Departemnt has been called into question as it has become evident that the people charged to provide and protect justice in the United States can not be trusted to perform their duties in an honest and forthright manner.
During last week’s hearing Republican lawmakers told Attorney General Eric Holder to fire Justice Department subordinates over the mistakes madeduring the botched arms-trafficking investigation or face the possibility of impeachment. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, suggested during a heated meeting of the committee that impeachment may be the only way to bring the scandal to a close if Holder and the Justice Department continue to withhold information from congressional investigators.
The attorney general, who was the sole witness at last week’s hearing, admitted that it was inexcusable for the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to use a tactic known as “gun-walking” in its effort to identify and prosecute major arms trafficking networks along the Southwest border. Justice Department policy has long prohibited the tactic.