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Reporters’ Roundtable: The Campaign in Support of Rubashkin

This week’s Forward Reporters Roundtable focuses on the media campaign to secure a lenient sentence for Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of the now-defunct kosher meatpacking company Agriprocessors. Rubashkin was convicted on multiple counts of bank fraud, and his sentencing is expected in the coming weeks. In this podcast, reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis sits down with staff writer Gal Beckerman and news editor Larry Cohler-Esses to discuss the case against Rubashkin, the implications of the government’s decision to prosecute the bank fraud charges before taking on the other, more sensational, charges against him, and how the media campaign in his support has caused a degree of unity in the ultra-Orthodox community.

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