Judge bars manager from using juror information

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has barred a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager from using information obtained from interviews with jurors during any appeal of his 27-year prison term for financial fraud.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade said Tuesday the interviews of jurors by lawyers and investigators working for Sholom Rubashkin violated a rule that allows such contacts with her permission, which hadn’t been granted.

Reade ordered any lawyer or investigator in possession of transcripts of the interviews to turn them over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and her chambers by next week. She says the disclosure will ensure the information is never used directly or indirectly to aid Rubashkin, the former vice president of Agriprocessors in Postville who was convicted of defrauding its bank of millions in 2009.

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