Don’t gloat over Rubashkin’s release - Opinion

Don’t gloat over Rubashkin’s release

Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:37 am

President Trump’s commutation last week of the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, who was convicted in 2009 of bank fraud and money laundering, was a commendable act of kindness. That’s primarily because the former chief executive of what had been the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the country had served eight years of a disproportionately heavy 27-year sentence.

There is no question that Rubashkin broke the law and deserved to be punished. But after the sentence was announced, it was roundly opposed by a diverse group of people, including 107 former Justice Department officials, legislators from Capitol Hill and Orthodox Jewish leaders. They all came together to appeal to then-President Obama and argue that justice was far from served by dispatching a 57-year-old father of 10 to prison for close to three decades.

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