Hate crime: Amish leader found guilty over beard attacks

The leader of an Amish breakaway group was convicted on Thursday of hate crimes in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against members of his own faith following a dispute over religious differences.

A federal jury found Samuel Mullet Sr guilty of orchestrating the cuttings of Amish men’s beards and women’s hair last fall in attacks that terrorised the normally peaceful religious settlements in eastern Ohio.

Mullet and four of his children were among 16 people who prosecutors say planned and carried out the five separate attacks that amounted to hate crimes because they were motivated by religious disputes. Prosecutors say the defendants targeted hair because it carries spiritual significance in their faith — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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