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Amish Beard-Cutting Case

Sixteen individuals were sentenced today for hate crimes involving attacks against Amish residents in Ohio—some carried out by the victims’ children—and the group’s leader received a 15-year prison term.

Feb 08, 2013 05:00 PM

Amish Beard-Cutting Case

Map showing Bergholz, OhioSixteen individuals were sentenced today for hate crimes involving attacks against Amish residents in Ohio—some carried out by the victims’ children—and the group’s leader received a 15-year prison term.

In response to a religious dispute among members of the Amish community, Samuel Mullet, Sr.—the 66-year-old bishop of the Amish congregation in Bergholz, Ohio—directed his followers to forcibly cut the hair and beardsreligiously symbolic to the Amishof other members of the faith using scissors and horse shears.

“The FBI is committed to investigating hate crimes,” said Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of our Cleveland office, “including those motivated by religious bias—as in this case—or other areas protected by our civil rights statutes.”

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