The Jury Talks Back

12/29/2008

No bail for Jews?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 12:37 pm

Via my inbox, I am tipped off to the following regarding a court case we might remember:

Matt Dummermuth, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, argued that [former Agriprocessors Chief Executive Officer Sholom] Rubashkin poses a flight risk, in part because of the Law of Return — Israeli legislation enacted in 1950 that gives Jews and those of Jewish ancestry, as well as their spouses, the right to migrate to and settle in Israel and gain citizenship. As far as anyone can remember, the Law of Return never has been cited as a reason to deny bail. Many Jews fear the ruling could set a precedent.

My problem is, I can see both sides here.

Certainly from a Civil Liberties standpoint, this is disgusting.  I’m German enough in ancestry to get German citizenship – does that mean I should be denied bail, because I might run off to Germany?

Though I generally try to avoid doing things that require any kind of bail hearing…  You know, like hiring scads of illegal immigrants in violation of State and Federal Law.

On the other hand, this is a guy that could easily afford to hop a plane and leave.  Her was a CEO, so it’s likely he’s got what the kids today call “serious bank”.  Also, the thing about Israel’s law is – as far as I understand it – you can walk into an Israeli embassy, and they basically hand you an Israeli passport.  This would make merely surrendering his US passport a pointless act.

“Sure, take my US passport…  <mutters> I’ll just go get a new one from the nearest Israeli embassy…”

Though I suppose it is unlikely that Israel would fail to extradite the guy.  After all, it isn’t like they are France or Mexico, refusing to send us back out depraved killers so we can rightly execute them.  This is a country that very much cares about it’s relationship with the US, and about the rule of law.

<Insert tasteless Jewish lawyer joke here>

Personally (and remember IANAL), I can’t see this decision not being overturned on appeal, but I have to say it’s a good try on the part of Mr. Dummermuth.

But what say you lot?  This sort of thing a good idea?  Bad idea?

(H/T PCD)


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