According to the Associated Press, Cook’s firm spoke with three jurors a month after they convicted Sholom Rubashkin, former manager of an Iowa kosher salughterhouse of financial fraud. Cook was the lead defense attorney in that 2009 case.
Hannafan brought up the hearing held Sept. 23 in Cedar Rapids where Cook explained he thought Reade had approved the contact with jurors because she had lifted an admonition that barred jurors from speaking to others about the case. Reade called this explanation “disingenuous” and “bordering on the ridiculous.”
Hannafan and Cook got into an exchange regarding Cook’s answers to questions about the ruling, prompting Judge Nancy Tabor to interject.
“Can we just ask some questions, please?” Tabor said.
She had to direct both Hannafan and Cook to stop their back and forth about court procedures later in the testimony and subsequently asked Hannafan to “get to a question” as well.
Hannafan anticipated he would ask another 30 minutes to an hour of questions as Cook returned to the stand this morning. He is the defense’s final witness.