Judge: Lawyers for kosher meatpacker 'annoyed' jurors

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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:00 am

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former kosher slaughterhouse manager cannot use any information from interviews with jurors during any appeal of his 27-year prison term for financial fraud, a judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade said the interviews of jurors by lawyers and investigators working for Sholom Rubashkin violated a rule that allows such contacts only with her permission, which was never sought or granted. She said Rubashkin's team “annoyed and frightened” members of the jury that convicted Rubashkin in 2009.

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