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Rubashkin wants federal trial moved

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POSTVILLE (KWWL) -- Attorneys for former Agriprocessors CEO Shalom Rubashkin tell KWWL a motion will be filed today seeking to have Federal Court Judge Linda Reade change the venue or location of the trial, including where the jury panel will be drawn from.

Rubashkin faces federal charges on three separate indictments for immigration, money laundering and bank fraud charges.  A judge initially deemed him a flight risk and ordered he remain in jail until his trial.   Rubashkin was released following the first indictment.  Federal prosecutors say agents found Rubashkin with passports and cash in a duffle bag when they served the second indictment.

Rubashkin was released Wednesday on $500,000 bond while awaiting federal trial.  A bonding company paid a $50,000 guarantee, or 10% of the total bond amount.  He is now in Postville and re-united with his wife and children.

Rubashkin walked out of the Dubuque County Jail, where he was being held, around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.  His release comes one day after a federal judge overturned a ruling denying him a pre-trial release.

There was no fanfare in Wednesday's release; no friends or family, just attorneys.  Rubashkin had two cardboard boxes of belongings to take home.

After leaving the Dubuque County Jail, Rubashkin and his two lawyers got in a taxi and then flew to Cedar Rapids where Rubashkin was to meet with a U.S. probation officer, per the release agreement.  Rubashkin will also be required to wear an ankle monitoring device.

Online Reporter: Jason Mortvedt

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