Jumping on the bandwagon, Iowa state prosecutors charged Sholom with an astounding 9,311 child labor violations. The sheer amount of these charges was used by many as proof that there must be some truth to the allegations. Presidential candidate Obama even parroted the charges as fact when asked about it.
As the trial began, and the moment to defend these charges arrived, 9,228 (over 99%) of the initial charges Â were dropped. 16 charges were dismissed for lack of evidence, and Sholom was acquitted on all of the remaining charges.