Tag: Amish

Prosecutors charge 4 more in Amish beard- and hair cutting attacks

Bergholz Clan U.S. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged an additional four women with being involved in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio, and added new allegations that suspects tried to hide or destroy evidence including a bag of hair from the victims.

The new allegations bring to 16 the number of people charged in the attacks on other Amish last year.

Lawyers claim hate crimes prosecution of Amish beard cutting clan is unconstitutional

Sam Mullet Lawyers for Amish sect leader Sam Mullet, who is accused of instigating beard- and hair cutting attacks against mainstream Amish men and women, have challenged the constitutionality of the Federal government’s hate-crimes prosecution of Mr. Mullet and 11 of his followers.

They have asked a judge to throw out the case because they say Congress exceeded its authority in passing the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009.

Renegade Amish group charged with hate crimes in beard-cutting attacks

Twelve members of a renegade Amish group were charged with hate crimes in the bizarre beard-cutting attacks on other members of the sect in eastern Ohio, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Samuel Mullet and 11 members of his group also face charges of conspiracy, assault and tampering with evidence in the case that has drawn worldwide attention to the insular community.