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 - Prosecutors wrapped up their case against in the hate crimes trial of Amish bishop Sam Mullet Sr. and 15 of his followers Tuesday afternoon.
Mullet, 66, is accused of ordering a series of beard and hair-cutting attacks on several people, including estranged family members and religious enemies.
Prosecutors called their final witness, bishop Raymond Hershberger. He was one of the victims of the attacks last fall.
"Please don't cut my white hair," Hershberger said while recounting the attack.
Several bishops voted to overturn the excommunications ordered by Mullet against some members of his Amish community. The group of bishops, including Hershberger, decided that the excommunications were not made, according to the Bible.
Prosecutors said Mullet was furious and pointed to that as the motive for the attacks.
Federal prosecutors concluded eight days of testimony. The defense rested their case without calling a single witness.
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.