Slaughterhouse Child Labor Trial Continued

The owner and former managers of a northeast Iowa kosher slaughterhouse have been granted a delay in trial on thousands of state child labor charges.

During a hearing Wednesday in Waterloo, a judge continued the trial involving Agriprocessors Inc. until Aug. 4. Trial had been scheduled for April 20.

The judge also ordered the trial to be moved about 70 miles from Allamakee County to Black Hawk County.

The judge will rule later on other arguments, including motions to dismiss.

The Iowa attorney general's office has filed more than 9,000 child labor charges against the Postville plant, its owners and former managers.

Prosecutors accuse them of hiring minors and in some cases of having children younger than 16 handle dangerous equipment.

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