Amish leader, 15 followers convicted of hate crimes in beard attacks
Samuel Mullet Sr. is one of 16 Amish charged with federal hate crimes in last year's beard-cutting attacks.
September 21st, 2012
02:51 AM ET

Amish leader, 15 followers convicted of hate crimes in beard attacks

By Jason Hanna and Mallory Simon, CNN

Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish community in rural eastern Ohio, including its leader, were convicted of federal hate crimes Thursday for the forcible cutting of Amish men's beards and Amish women's hair.

Sam Mullet Sr. and the 15 followers were found guilty of conspiracy to violate federal hate-crime law in connection with what authorities said were the religiously motivated attacks on several fellow Amish people last year.

The verdicts were read in U.S. District Court in Cleveland following several days of jury deliberation and a trial that began in late August, a U.S. attorney's office said.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Amish • Crime

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  1. Christ follower

    @"Jesus"...I do, in fact, have proof that prayer works. Multiple pieces of proof-all my own personal experiences as an ER nurse and in my own life. "The truth shall set you free..." When you decide to let go of all of that pain and denial, let me know. I will be happy to share my experiences with you. I refuse to post them somewhere that they will be picked apart and covered in the hatred that so many are spouting today. ALL people following religion are not nut jobs, generalization makes people look foolish.

    September 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • hippypoet

      did you know that over a dozen studies have been done by people smarter then you and i and they all agree that prayers do absolutly nothing but relieve the person praying of stress. the person praying must be praying for someone else in order for the person praying to reduce stress of themselves...however still the prayer does nothing for the object or person for which the prayer was cast.


      sry to be the one to tell you, a nurse of the ER, that you are wrong but what you saw was mere coincidence.

      to test this so you can see for yourself....pray to anything...for the purpose of a real test chose one object and stick with it. Now, pray to it. for anything! ask your church going friends why your prayers haven't been answered – use their answers as a base for you experiment. they will most likely say pending on results – wait, see, or god works in mysterious ways. wait mean wait because the prayer hasn't come true yet, see if what you asked for came true, and god works in mysterious ways because you got something else not what you asked for. eitherway, you will get a result, the key is asking ...and blindly accepting whatever the results as a work of god....even if they are the complete opposite of what you were asking. Ever hear a person missing a limb ask god to "heal them" – never happens. god must WANT them to suffer a missing limb! what other reason could there be for the lack of regrowth BESIDES god right?

      if you truly are a real nurse then the time is now for you to grow up and stop being a moronic child living in dreams and hopes. Nothing good will come of it.

      September 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
  2. ronvan

    Makes me WONDER & THINK about which religion can say they have NEVER killed, done acts of inhumanity, human persercution, in the name of their religion? Throughout history you see how religion has participated in, led, others in "holy wars"! IS this what our religions are really teaching us?

    September 24, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • RJ

      Only one.......The one "doing the will of the Father". Matthew 7:21

      September 24, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  3. mama kindless

    Mother nature gives us a decent soul. It comes to us biologically.

    Some people think they need to dress up their souls. Adopting Christian fable is like trying to dress up your soul with accessories from K-Mart. Adopting Islam fable is like trying to dress up your soul with junk from a flea market. (And Catholics shop at the K-Mart too, they just spend too much time at the costume jewelry department.) No matter how much you try to dress yourself up with religion, you are just making yourself outdated, false, and cheap. And you look that way too.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • ....

      BULL SH IT

      September 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Webster


      Looks like someone has gone dotty:

      dot·ty Pronunciation (dt)
      adj. dot·ti·er, dot·ti·est
      a. Mentally unbalanced; crazy.
      b. Amusingly eccentric or unconventional.
      c. Ridiculous or absurd: a dotty scheme.
      2. Having a feeble or unsteady gait; shaky.
      3. Obsessively infatuated or enamored.

      September 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 22, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do.... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 22, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • ....

      BULL SH IT

      September 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!^

      September 24, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  5. Jan #3-1 from Lethbridge A B.

    the wapens used where the ones to win a war with,sounds more like a spat between 2 groups that have to be exercising Love for your fellow man, that they proclame is their fate,and now is it a political correct game,whom was the smart ass that dreaed this up .

    September 22, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  6. Jan #3-1 from Lethbridge A B.

    it would have been wiser to have their own ,and the ones victims to be the judge and jury,to call this a hatecrime is rediculis and is not handled to smartly,typically as if hot headed action seem to be the norm in that area,shame shame.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  7. AEireM55

    Why is it that all the nut cases in the news are devout followers of one religion or another?

    September 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  8. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Pardon me, have you seen my Mohammad?? he looks like the guy in picture above!!! please help me to find him. Sukreiya.

    September 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Steven R

    Gotta love the irony of the leaders name-Mullet. And convicted of aggravated hair cutting. lol

    September 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  10. End Religion

    This makes me laugh every time I see it. It's like the 7 Dwarfs after a night of binge drinking. 2 of them are still hungover s they didn't show up. The other 5 should have stayed in bed. Poor Snow White likely got the worst of the trimmings.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  11. Babak from LA

    holding someone down to cut their beard is not a nice thing to do. In this case, it was a hate crime...

    September 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Caroline

      good point

      September 23, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  12. Thomas

    In a city he would be called a barbor. In hicksville, my God it's a hate crime.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
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