Tag: Amish

Amish charged in hair-cutting attacks seek to avoid oaths, cult label

Bergholz Clan Members of a fringe Amish group charged with committing hate crimes against fellow Amish have requested words including “cult,” “splinter” and “rogue” be banned from their upcoming trial in U.S. District Court.

They also requested that any Amish called to testify “affirm the truthfulness” of their testimony rather than swear an oath.

Religion News Quick Takes: Amish fakes, ‘honor’ crimes, Ark of Noah, Stephen Colbert, and more

Religion News Quick Takes In today’s issue: Your Amish whatever is probably not Amish after all. Televangelist Robert ‘Dr. Shine’ Freeman jailed. And a TV station staff entirely by veiled women.

Also: Philip Jenkins recounts a scary experience in Amsterdam.

Plus: Spending by Muslim tourists is growing faster than the global rate, and… Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Stephen Colbert team up.

Renegade Amish sect members reject beard-cutting plea deals

Bergholz Clan Sixteen people charged in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio rejected government plea bargain offers of leniency Monday and will go to trial.

The U.S. Justice Department says it plans to introduce evidence at the trial of Amish sect leader Sam Mullet to prove he had total authority over his Ohio community, including disciplining its members with beatings and having sex with other men’s wives to “counsel” them.

Charges against leader of renegade Amish beard cutting group defended

Sam Mullet The U.S. Justice Department says it plans to introduce evidence at the trial of Amish sect leader Sam Mullet to prove he had total authority over his Ohio community, including disciplining its members with beatings and having sex with other men’s wives to “counsel” them.

Mullet and several of his family members and other followers are awaiting trial on a Federal hate crimes indictment for a series of beard- and hair cutting attacks against Amish men and women.

Amish beard-cutting defendant has taxpayer-subsidized lawyer despite millions in the bank, prosecutors say

Samuel Mullet The leader of an Amish splinter sect accused of cutting the beards of religious enemies has received more than $2 million for oil rights to his 800-acre farm, yet continues to be represented by a taxpayer-financed public defender, according to a new court filing.

Prosecutors also that Samuel Mullet remain in jail pending his trial, citing fears that he and his followers might retreat to his farm and forcibly resist surrendering.

Amish beard cutting cult leader makes another bid for release from prison

Sam Mullet Amish sect leader Sam Mullet, locked up for five months on federal hate crimes charges, keeps trying to get out of jail and made another attempt this week with a new argument.

The judge has twice ruled that Mr. Mullet will remain behind bars until he goes on trial, siding with the Justice Department that he is a danger to society.

U.S. Justice Department says hate crime charges OK in Amish beard-cutting attacks

Bergholz Clan Lawyers for the group claim the government’s case should be dismissed because they say the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act should not apply to a dispute within a religion.

Justice Department lawyers answer the defendants “were properly indicted under the act” and that the law “represents a proper exercise of Congressional authority to enact legislation” to prosecute crimes motivated by bias.