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#3 Top Story of 2009: Sholom Rubashkin

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- As 2009 comes to a close, we have been counting down our Top 10 stories for 2009.

Our number three top story of 2009 was a big part of one of the top stories of 2008.  Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of Agriprocessor's, found himself in our newscasts in every month of 2009.

The legal wrangling started mid-way through January and didn't end until the trial began on October 13, 2009.

After it was all said and done, the former CEO was facing 91 counts of financial fraud.

And after a month of testimony in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota courtroom, the verdict came down on November 12, 2009.

Jurors found Sholom Rubashkin guilty on 86 of the 91 financial fraud charges.

Then, just a week later, the 72 immigration charges against Rubashkin were dropped. The judge said a conviction would quote "have no impact", leaving the town of Postville to still pick up the pieces and wonder if justice will ever come.

Paul Rael of St. Bridget's Church in Postville says, "I cannot believe that you get halfway through a process and then you quit. It's like the job to me isn't' over yet, you're halfway there."

Rubashkin faces more than 1,200 years in prison when he is sentenced.

A sentencing date hasn't been set, meaning Sholom Rubashkin will be in the news again in 2010.

His attorney's filed an appeal, but a judge said he must stay behind bars until sentencing.

Earlier this month, a hearing to determine if charges of child labor violations against Rubashkin should be dropped was delayed due to a snowstorm, giving yet another reason for him to be a part of the news in the coming year.

Tune in tonight at 6 for our number two top story of 2009 and then find out which one makes the top news story of the year tonight on the KWWL News at 10.

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