A second criminal trial in Iowa’s halal beef case will likely be scratched if the court accepts plea agreements that four defendants have reached with the government. Those defendants, along with their attorneys, are scheduled to appear at individual hearings next Friday before Chief Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles in Cedar
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The trial of William Aossey Jr., 73, began Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa with opening statements and the first witness taking the stand. USDistrictCourtCedarRapidsAfter the jury was selected, prosecution and defense attorneys offered competing theories about who was in charge at Midamar Corporation during the 2007-10 period
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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. Halal_408x250The judge’s order means that the 73-year-old Cedar Rapids
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