As some may recall, Federal District Judge Linda Reade was none too happy when she discovered that two attorneys conducted post-trial interviews with jurors. The attorneys in question were working on behalf of their client Sholom Rubashkin, a former kosher slaughterhouse manager. Mr. Rubashkin was convicted at trial and sentenced to a 27-year prison term for financial fraud.
According to the judge, these interviews, "annoyed and frightened" the jurors. Furthermore, the attorneys failed to request and obtain permission from the court prior to conducting the interviews. Some, but not all, jurisdictions require attorneys to first get permission from the court in order to interview jurors post-trial. At least one juror complained about the interviews to the prosecutor's office.
In response to the actions of the attorneys, the Judge Reade has prohibited the use of these interviews in any appeal or pardon for Mr. Rubashkin. Furthermore, the judge has directed that all interviews and information derived from them be submitted to her chambers by next week.
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