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Former Slaughterhouse Exec Gets 27 Years For Fraud

Publication Date: 
June 22, 2010
Associated Press
Michael J. Crumb

Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted on the severity of the sentence for a former Iowa slaughterhouse executive who was given 27 years in prison for fraud.Michael J. Crumb of Associated Press reports:

A former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison for financial fraud, a sentence legal experts called severe but not necessarily surprising as judges take tough stances on white-collar crime.

Sholom Rubashkin, a former vice president of Agriprocessors Inc., also was ordered to pay $27 million in restitution by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade, who had released a memorandum outlining the sentence a day earlier.


Stanford University law professor Robert Weisberg called Rubashkin's 27-year sentence "dubious" even though severe sentences are increasingly common in the wake of major fraud cases, such as that against Enron. The energy company's 2001 collapse cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars.

Weisberg contended Rubashkin's case does not rise to such a level.

"I don't understand why it was a longer sentence than what the prosecution asked for, especially when the prosecution asked for a sentence that was already pretty severe," Weisberg said.