A group of the nation's most prominent Rabbis will hold a news conference Tuesday to oppose the premature imprisonment of Sholom Rubashkin, former vice president of Agriprocessors, Inc., once the country's largest kosher meat processing plant. The Rabbis will urge the U.S. Department of Justice to closely scrutinize the demands by federal prosecutors in Iowa that Rubashkin be imprisoned before he is sentenced. The group also will request a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
They've got the National Council of Young Israel, Agudath Israel of America, the Rabbinical Council of America, the Rabbinical Assembly of America, and then two more local NYC rabbinates who decided to come down as well.
And yes, I am aware that their protest is that he should be allowed out until he gets sentenced. The reason they have not let him out is that he is most definitely a flight risk, and the rabbis are not going to change anyone's mind.
But seriously, do they not realize how bad it is for kashrut and for them to be defending Rubashkin?
On another note, it's kind of ironic that they are using a communications firm run by a female who probably doesn't meet standards of tznius in her picture on her website to do their press work.