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Thursday, December 21, 2017

President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who had been sentenced to 27 years in prison for money laundering, marking the first time he's used the presidential power. The decision to intervene on behalf of Sholom Rubashkin, who ran the Iowa headquarters of a family business that was the country's largest kosher meat-processing company, came at the urging of numerous members of Congress and a long list of high-ranking law enforcement officials, who argued the sentence was far too harsh for a first-time, nonviolent offender.

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Rubashki was convicted in 2009 for submitting fake invoices to a bank that made Agriprocessors' finances appear healthier than they were so that it could borrow more. His prosecution came after federal authorities raided the plant and arrested 389 illegal immigrants in 2008. ...

Trump has used his pardon power just once so far: to spare former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio the prospect of serving jail time by wiping away a federal conviction stemming from immigration patrols that focused on Latinos.

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Fraud eh? And hiring illegals?

Birds of a feather.

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 03:21 PM | Reply

How can he blame someone for doing the same things he does on a regular basis?

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-21 03:33 PM | Reply

Money laundering? hahahahahaha Manafort.

#3 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-21 03:34 PM | Reply

If you look past the headline and get the real story you will realize that he had broad bi-partisan support for this commutation (which is not a pardon), since Rubashkin had served 8 years of his sentence:

In a statement, the White House said the decision, which is not a presidential pardon, had bipartisan support from leaders across the political spectrum, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Trump's action does not vacate Rubashkin's conviction and leaves his term of supervised release and a restitution obligation, the White House said.

A review of Rubashkin's case was supported by more than 30 members of Congress, including Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, the White House said. He was the only Iowa representative to support a review. Five former high-ranking Department of Justice officials, including former FBI Director Louis Freeh, also supported a review of the case, the White House said.

A bipartisan group of more than 100 former high-ranking Department of Justice officials have expressed concerns about the evidentiary proceedings in Rubashkin's case and the severity of his sentence, the White House said in its statement Wednesday.

Prominent Members of Congress from both parties called on former President Barack Obama to use his clemency power to free Rubashkin or shorten his sentence, most prominently in the opinion pages of the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. But Obama left office without granting Rubashkin a pardon or commuting his sentence.

You are now free to continue circle flapping.

Des Moines Register: President Trump commutes sentence of Sholom Rubashkin

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 03:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

You want to know why people come out of prison angry when they serve longer than this for much lesser crimes.

#5 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-21 04:41 PM | Reply

Let's see... obama commutes the sentences of drug dealers, after having been a drug user himself many years ago.

Trump commutes the sentence of money launderers, after ______________?

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-21 04:48 PM | Reply

If you look past the headline and get the real story you will realize that he had broad bi-partisan support ...

Just because something is bipartisan doesn't mean it's correct. Rich people who want pardons or commutations can buy friends on both sides of the aisle.

Meanwhile how many poor people are in prison for decades due to mandatory sentences who can't buy their way into leniency?

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2017-12-21 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

If the pols think the sentence was too harsh why not stick a fork in mandatory sentencing?

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-21 05:40 PM | Reply

#5 just ask most pot heads that serve their mandatory time for smoking a F7564ing weed!

#9 | Posted by CVA43 at 2017-12-21 06:35 PM | Reply

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