Monday, June 21, 2010

27 years for Rubashkin

As the anti-Semitic evil New York Times puts it:

The sentence, two years more than prosecutors had requested, was unusually high in the recent history of financial crimes — longer than the term for Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron, and L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former chief executive of Tyco.

Lawyers for Mr. Rubashkin said they would appeal the decision, challenging the interpretation of federal sentencing guidelines by Judge Linda R. Reade. The appeal would expand the controversy surrounding the case, which has already included six former United States attorneys general writing to the judge to assail the prosecutors’ logic in seeking a term that could amount to a life sentence.

The sentence is also likely to deepen the belief among some Orthodox Jewish leaders, who have sustained an international campaign on Mr. Rubashkin’s behalf, that he was unfairly tried.

Not that I'm an OJ leader like Pesach Lerner, who is quoted by the Times wailing and gnashing his teeth, but I don't think Ruby was unfairly tried; still I concur: nothing about the sentencing adds up. It smells wrong.

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