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Rubashkin attorney argues indictment was biased

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Attorneys for a former manager at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville want the charges against Sholom Rubashkin dismissed because they say the grand jury that indicted him was biased.

Rubashkin faces nearly 100 counts against him, including multiple immigration and bank fraud charges.

On Monday, his attorney and and one representing Agriprocessors Inc. slaughterhouse asked U.S. District Judge Linda Reade to dismiss the charges against Rubashkin and the company. They say the grand jury developed prejudices based on Jewish stereotypes.

The attorneys argued the exposure to stereotypes influenced the grand jury in racial, cultural and religious matters.

Assistant U.S Attorney Sean Berry says the indictment was based on evidence, not religion.

The judge has not said when he will make a ruling.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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