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 judge won't allow defendants convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish to leave jail to attend a family wedding on Thanksgiving in Ohio.
Federal Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland ruled Wednesday against requests by five of nine Amish locked up awaiting sentencing. Seven other defendants remain free pending sentencing.
The judge agreed with prosecutors that anyone released from jail might become a fugitive or pose a danger to others.
Those asking to attend the wedding in Bergholz in eastern Ohio include two brothers and an uncle of the bride. Prosecutors say the bride and groom are "unindicted co-conspirators" in the case.
A jury convicted 16 Amish of hate crimes in last year's attacks, which prosecutors say stemmed from religious disputes among Amish. The convictions are being appealed.
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.
The last two of 16 Amish found guilty in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio have appealed their convictions.
The ringleader of 16 Amish found guilty in beard- and hair-cutting hate-crime attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio asked an appeals court Wednesday to overturn his conviction.
Amish convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio are lining up to appeal their convictions.
The leader of 16 Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks in Ohio will serve more than a dozen years in prison.