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Suspect in Ohio Amish attacks must pay for defense

Published: Wed, March 21, 2012 @ 12:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge says the alleged ringleader in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio cannot rely on taxpayers to pay his legal tab.

Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland ruled today that 66-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. can afford to pay for his defense. Mullet has an 800-acre farm near Steubenville with oil and gas leases.

Mullet has been represented by a public defender and now must pay if he wants to keep him.

Mullet and 11 followers are charged in five beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Amish last year. They have pleaded not guilty.

Other defendants received court-appointed attorneys.

A feud over church discipline allegedly led to attacks in which the beards and hair of men and hair of women were cut. That’s considered deeply offensive in Amish culture.


1Attis(978 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Polster is fraud and should be impeached. First he keeps these God-fearing men in jail without even bail for months and now he extends his hatred for Amish culture and magnifies his persecution of this Amish man by imposing a financial cross upon him as well. Haven't you gotten your pound of flesh already? Free Mullet and his brothers.

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2redeye1(4993 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Attis If he can pay for his lawyer , then he should. What makes him any different from anyone else. If you do the crime, then you must do the time.

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3oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Having dealt with Amish for years they are just like us some good some bad.
Let em pay for their own lawyer if they can afford it !

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