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Help lower 27-year jail sentence of Sholom Rubashkin

The punishment does not fit the crime. Mr. Rubashkin, a 51-year-old, first-time, nonviolent offender is a husband and father of 10 children including one mentally disabled. He committed a financial crime and deserves punishment . However please join me if you believe that 27 years for a financial crime is excessive especially in this context of where it is essentially a life sentence.

A group of former U.S. attorneys general — Janet Reno, William Barr, Richard Thornburgh, Edwin Meese III, Ramsey Clark and Nicholas Katzenbach — wrote a letter to the federal judge overseeing the case, Linda Reade, asking her not to impose a life sentence. In the letter, the former AGs called the government’s request “extreme,” and cautioned against the “potentially severe injustice” that could result.

Experts have said the sentence is disconnected from any common sentencing sense. Indeed, they fall within the realm of prison terms usually reserved for Mafia bosses, major international drug traffickers and terrorists.

President Obama please commute the 27-year jail sentence of Sholom Rubashkin.

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