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Former Agriprocesors executive to contest bank fraud conviction

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DES MOINES (KWWL)--   The legal team representing Sholom Rubashkin has filed a formal notice of appeal challenging a 27-year prison sentence handed down by a federal judge last month.

The appeal comes amid wide criticism of federal prosecutors for their handling of the case.

"We will be challenging the conduct of the government in this case, which took extraordinary and improper actions to treat Sholom Rubashkin in a way inconsistent with any other defendant in history," said Guy Cook, a member of the Rubashkin legal team. "We will also be challenging what is being widely decried as an unfair and unnecessarily long prison sentence."

Rubashkin will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis.

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