Supporters of Sholom Rubashkin Outraged by Excessive Prison Sentence

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4 Responses

  1. David N. Friedman says:

    The sentence was truly way out of proportion to the offense. We live in a country that coddles criminals who commit violent crimes and took a sledge-hammer to a guy who deserved a far lighter sentence.

  2. Karen Hening-Speedone says:

    This sentence reflects, I think, the judge knowing that there are other charges involving the defendant, including multiple violations of child labor laws. Her loading the sentence is wrong in that sense.

    If there are charges of child labor violations, they should be prosecuted and let justice run its course. The judge should not allow other actors of alleged criminal activity influence her sentencing.

  3. Sarah says:

    Karen, the charges of child labor WERE prosecuted – and the defendant was acquitted! That seems to have had absolutely no (positive) influence on the judge, who seems determined to make sure the defendant never sees the light of day again – and if he doesn’t get time on child labor charges, she’ll make sure to add to his other sentence. What a perversion of justice – and I hope the appeals court will be fair-minded enough to see it. Even the NY Times commented on the harshness and disproportionality of the sentence compared to what others convicted of fraud received.

  4. mycroft says:

    There is no doubt thatthe Rubashkin sentence is harsher than average for white collar crimes-BUT I am afraid that many in our community do not realize how severely white collar crime is treated by the sentencing guidelines. A few decades ago white collar crimnes tended not to receive severe sentences but the sentencing guidelines made a drastic change to sentences.
    The rationale for severe sentences is prbably not the danger that the defendant in this case Rubashkin would do the actions again but rather a lemman yishmau vyirau approach. There are frankly, no civil penalties that would prevent a profit maximizing immoral person from engaging in fraud-it is simply the fear of imprisonment.
    BTW-I have seen many organized campaigns against harsh sentencing by various Orthodox groups -and I have not seen those campaigns succeed-if anything if seems to force the judge to throw the book at the defendant.

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