POSTVILLE, Iowa — The ex-manager of the kosher meatpacker Agriprocessors was arrested on charges related to the hiring of illegal workers. Sholom Rubashkin allegedly conspired to harbour illegal immigrants at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa. U.S. immigration officials also say he abetted the use of fake identification documents and identity theft. Rubashkin is the highest-ranking company official to face criminal charges stemming from the May 12 federal immigration raid at the company’s Postville plant, when more than one-third of the firm’s workforce was arrested. Nathan Lewin, an attorney who represents Rubashkin’s father, company owner Aaron Rubashkin, dismissed the arrest as unnecessary and motivated by federal law enforcement’s desire for good publicity. The arrest came a day after Iowa’s state labour regulatory body announced it would levy nearly $10 million in fines against the company for alleged labour infractions.
ADL Helps Foil Plot
NEW YORK — The Anti-Defamation League said it helped secure the arrests of white supremacists who allegedly plotted to kill Barack Obama. The ADL, which tracks hate groups, gave U.S. federal agents details on Daniel Cowart, 21, of Jackson, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, Ark. The men allegedly planned to kill 88 blacks and Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate. The ADL was familiar with them partly because of Cowart’s links to the Supreme White Alliance, a group the ADL monitors.