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 - Amish convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio are lining up to appeal their convictions.
By Tuesday, 10 of 16 defendants sentenced Feb. 8 in Cleveland federal court had asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to reverse their convictions.
The defendants have challenged the constitutionality of the federal hate-crimes act as overly broad, a claim rejected by the trial judge last year before the trial.
Ring leader Sam Mullet Sr., who has yet to appeal, has been sentenced to 15 years and the co-defendants, all members of his extended family, got sentences of one year to seven years.
A jury convicted them of attacks in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced Mullet's authoritarian style.
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.