Amish Beard-Cutting Case

Jurors resume deliberations in Ohio Amish case

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jurors have begun a third day of deliberations in the trial of 16 people accused of hate crimes in hair- and beard-cutting attacks against their fellow Amish in Ohio.

The jury started deliberations Thursday, resumed them Friday and took a long weekend off. They returned Tuesday to U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

The members of a breakaway Amish settlement are accused of hate crimes in what federal prosecutors say were attacks motivated by religious differences. They say the defendants cut off Amish men’s beards and women’s hair because the hair carries spiritual significance in their faith.

Defense attorneys acknowledge that the hair-cuttings took place but contend that prosecutors are overreaching by calling them hate crimes.

All the defendants could face lengthy prison terms if convicted.

Source: AP

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