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Jury selection under way in Amish beard-cutting trial

Published: Mon, August 27, 2012 @ 1:04 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Five Youngstown-area lawyers are among the 18 attorneys representing 16 people, who are going on trial in federal court on charges they engaged in beard-and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Ohio Amish people in a religious dispute.

Jury selection began today for the trial of the group members led by Sam Mullet Sr., 66, of Bergholz, in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster.

All of the defendants rejected plea-bargain offers of leniency from the U.S. attorney last month.

One of the attacks occurred in Mesopotamia in northern Trumbull County, and others in Holmes, Carroll and Jefferson counties, the FBI said.

The trial is expected to last two to three weeks, according to Mike Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

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1Attis(1114 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

There's a military judge in Texas that insists upon the cutting of the beard of a Muslim defendant against his expressed will and religious convictions. So why is this judge not charge with a hate crime?

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2southsidedave(5183 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I thought this story was over...still going on?

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3doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Cult leader Sam Mullet is a sex freak who thinks the laws don't pertain to him.His flock had better get ready to visit him in prison where he should be.No more sex with your sons wives sicko.

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