The leader of 16 Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their faith has lost another request to be released from prison.
CLEVELAND - A bishop testifying against 16 fellow Amish in Ohio said his chest-length beard was chopped to within 1 1/2 inches of his chin in a late-night home invasion.
Forty-six-year-old Myron Miller of Carrollton told a federal court jury in Cleveland on Thursday that he felt humiliated by the attack last Oct. 4. His beard has grown back nearly to mid-chest.
Hair and beards have spiritual significance in the Amish faith. Amish men do not shave their beards after marriage, believing it signifies their devotion to God.
The defendants say the beard-cuttings reflected church discipline amid a feud over church practices.
Under cross-examination, Miller testified that discipline "should simply be Scriptural, out of love." His Amish community was involved in a long-running dispute with the alleged ring leader of the beard-cutting band.
One of 16 Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio has a few days to say her goodbyes before heading to prison.
The Amish imprisoned in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio will no longer be required to attend high-school equivalency classes behind bars.
The Amish schoolhouse quiets as students in first through eighth grades settle into tight rows of scuffed metal desks to begin singing, their voices rising and dipping like the surrounding hills.
The leader of a group of 16 Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their faith has lost a request to be released from prison pending an appeal of his conviction and sentencing.
Sixteen Amish men and women who have lived rural, self-sufficient lives with little outside contact are facing regimented routines in a federal prison system where modern conveniences such as television will be a constant temptation.