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Trial date set in Iowa slaughterhouse case

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - A lawyer for a former top manager of a kosher slaughterhouse is protesting a judge's decision to hold a trial on financial charges before a trial on immigration charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade wrote in an order Monday that a trial on financial charges against Agriprocessors Inc. and former top managers will begin on Sept. 15. Last month, Reade split 142 charges into two trials.

Guy Cook, an attorney for former manager Sholom Rubashkin, says the financial trial could include testimony from Rubashkin that could be held against him in an immigration trial.

Top managers and the company were indicted months after 389 people were arrested in a May 2008 immigration raid as part of an investigation that began in October 2007.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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