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Former slaughterhouse manager wants trial moved

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A former manager at a northeast Iowa kosher slaughterhouse is asking that his trial be moved after the recent anniversary of an immigration raid at the plant renewed media interest in the case.

Former Agriprocessors manager Sholom Rubashkin asks in a motion filed Tuesday that his trial be moved to St. Paul, Minn., or Chicago because he can't get a fair trial in Iowa.

It's the second time Rubashkin has sought a change of venue. Last March a federal judge denied the request.

Rubashkin's latest motion argues that, among other events, the anniversary of the May 12, 2008, raid brought "extensive, inflammatory, and ongoing adverse pre-trial publicity" that taints the potential jury pool.

The trial is now set to begin Sept. 8 in Cedar Rapids.

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