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Ohio Amish hair-cutting attacks trial under way



Published: Tue, August 28, 2012 @ 11:46 a.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors have begun their case against a group accused in hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio.

Opening statements in the trial of 16 Amish men and women were this morning in Cleveland.

Prosecutors say a religious feud between the Amish in eastern Ohio led to the hair- and beard-cutting attacks last fall.

All 16 are charged with federal hate crimes and some face prison terms of 20 years or longer if they’re convicted. Prosecutors say some of those charged tried to hide evidence.

The defendants say what happened was what they call internal church disciplinary matters and that the government shouldn’t get involved.

The group’s leader says he didn’t order the hair-cuttings, but that he also didn’t stop anyone from carrying them out.


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1Attis(829 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

modern day witch hunt by the feds who should be ashamed of themselves for this persecution of the Amish.

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2Attis(829 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

modern day witch hunt by the feds who should be ashamed of themselves for this persecution of the Amish who have been rotting in jail, without bail, since last November for allegedly cutting hair without permission.

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3doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Cult leader Sam Mullet thinks he is above the law because of religion.The sexual deviant and his gang of thugs will soon be calling prison home for a long time.

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4southsidedave(4709 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This has to be one of the most moronic stories of all-time.

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