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ACLU supports Agriprocessors official's appeal

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief supporting a request by former Agriprocessors official Sholom Rubashkin, to have his fraud conviction overturned.

The ACLU said the federal judge who oversaw Rubashkin's trial should have recused herself because she was involved in a 2008 immigration raid at Agriprocessors' Postville plant. The ACLU does not accuse Reid of misconduct, but says there was the potential for bias during the trial.

Rubashkin has been in jail since November 2009, when he was convicted of 86 financial fraud charges that stemmed from fake invoices he created to show a lender the plant had more money flowing in than it did. Prosecutors say the fraud cost the bank $26 million.

Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years.

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