Amish Guilty of Hate Crimes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Members of an Amish group in Ohio are found guilty of hate crimes against other Amish.

This combo made from photos provided by the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department shows, from left, Levi Miller, Johnny Mullet, and Lester Mullet, of Bergholz, Ohio. The three men believed to be members of a breakaway Amish group were arrested Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 for allegedly going into the home of other Amish and cutting their hair and beards. The attacks occurred over the past three weeks in Carroll, Holmes, Jefferson and Trumbull counties. (AP Photo/Jefferson County Sheriffs Department)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Members of an Amish breakaway group in Ohio have been found guilty of hate crimes by carrying out beard- and hair-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in a dispute over religious differences.
The jury on Thursday also found their leader, Samuel Mullet Sr., guilty of planning the attacks last fall in eastern Ohio.
Mullet and his family members were among 16 people who have been on trial in Cleveland.
The government says the defendants targeted the victims' hair because it carries spiritual significance in their faith.
They all face prison terms of 10 years or more.
Defense attorneys had conceded the hair cuttings took place but argue that the government is overreaching by calling what happened hate crimes. They say the cuttings were merely personal family disputes.

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