Dear President Obama,
We, your undersigned Americans, knowing you to be committed to fairness and justice, hereby Petition that you direct your Attorney General:
(1) To take prompt and effective steps to correct the gross injustice that has been perpetrated with the federal prosecution of Sholom Rubashkin.
(2) To initiate an investigation into this case as has been requested by 47 Members of the House of Representatives, who have separately and independently written to Attorney General Eric Holder about the prosecution of Sholom Rubashkin.
(3) To respond to the demand made by 75 law professors and former U.S. Attorneys (including three former Deputy Attorneys General) to investigate prosecutorial misconduct in the case of United States vs. Sholom Rubashkin.
Response to Petition
By The White House
Thank you for signing the petition "Call an Investigation into Allegations of Prosecutorial & Judicial Misconduct in the Case of Sholom Rubashkin." We appreciate your participation in the We the People platform on WhiteHouse.gov.
As explained in the We the People Terms of Participation, the White House may at times decline to comment on certain specific matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local governments in its response to a petition. For important policy reasons, this includes specific law enforcement and judicial ethics matters. With respect to law enforcement matters, the Department of Justice is charged with investigating crime and enforcing our laws. The Department also has mechanisms in place to investigate allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, including through its Office of Professional Responsibility. With respect to judicial ethics matters, the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980 vests primary responsibility for investigating and adjudicating claims of judicial misconduct with the Judicial Branch.
This petition calls for an investigation into allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in the case of Sholom Rubashkin and for action to correct the "gross injustice" in his case. For the reasons given above, the White House declines to comment on matters raised by this petition.
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