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Former kosher slaugherhouse executive petitions for shorter sentence

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A former kosher slaughterhouse executive convicted of fraud is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to shorten his sentence or order a new trial.

Former Agriprocessors, Inc. vice president Sholom Rubashkin petitioned the court Monday.

Justices can either take the case or let stand an appeals court ruling from September that upheld his conviction and 27-year prison term.

 His arrest followed a massive 2008 immigration raid at the company's Postville plant. He was convicted of creating fake invoices about the plant's financial condition, costing a bank $27 million.

Rubashkin argues U.S. District Judge Linda Reade, who presided over his trial, could not be impartial because he uncovered evidence showing she met repeatedly with investigators planning the raid. He also argues his prison term was too long for a first-time, nonviolent offender.

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