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Iowa Federal Judge Orders Halal Food Exporter Detained Until Sentencing

His attorneys are trying to get him a new trial, but after being convicted by a jury July 13 on 15 federal felony counts, William B. Aossey Jr. was locked up. A new detention order means that he’ll remain locked up until sentencing. Aossey was found to be too much of a flight risk to… Continue Reading

Confusion Over Lawyers Marks Start of First Halal Trial in Iowa

As the federal trial gets underway today in Cedar Falls, IA, the religious card is not really being played, but it is clearly in the deck. And one of the South’s more prominent agriculture and food attorneys is joining the defense team for William B. Aossey Jr. In response to Aossey’s fourth motion to dismiss… Continue Reading

Iowa Judge Denies Motions to Dismiss, Halal Beef Trial Scheduled to Start July 7

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade signed an order Tuesday dismissing defendant William B. Aossey Jr.’s request for dismissal of 12 of 19 charges prior to the July 7 scheduled start of his jury trial in Cedar Rapids, IA. The judge’s order means that the 73-year-old Cedar Rapids businessman will go to trial… Continue Reading

Trials Scheduled for Iowa Defendants in Halal Case

The founder of an Iowa-based global supplier of Halal meat and poultry products is scheduled for a federal criminal trial starting July 7 which is expected to take about a week. Another trial is scheduled for Sept. 28 for his two sons and the company he founded, the entity that certifies its products as Halal. The… Continue Reading

Iowa Judge From Controversial Kosher Case to Preside Over Halal Trial

The same federal judge who took criticism from around the country for her involvement in bringing down a large Iowa Kosher meat company five years ago is now scheduled to preside over a criminal trial involving the founder of a major Halal food production and distribution company. U.S. District Judge Linda R. Reade is slated… Continue Reading