Amish Beard-Cutting Case

Judge revokes bond on 2 Amish men convicted of attacks

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster revoked the bonds of two of the Amish men convicted in the Ohio hair and beard cutting attacks last month but allowed seven defendants to remain free pending the January 24 sentencing hearing.

In a three-page opinion pollster he said that he believed jailing the seven defendants would cause their families severe financial hardship, especially with the upcoming harvest. He also noted that each of the seven participated in only one of the attacks and that it was clear none of them were flight risks.

He revoked the bonds of two defendants, Lester and Raymond Miller, because he agreed with the prosecution that bond must be revoked when convicted of crimes of violence that have a potential sentence of many years in prison.

The seven defendants allowed to remain free are Elizabeth Miller, Emma Miller, Lovina Miller, Anna Miller, Kathryn Miller, Freeman Burkholder and Linda Shrock.

The other seven defendants in this case, including sect leader Bishop Samuel Mullet, have been in jail since their arrests in November 2011.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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