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Court: Amish Sect Leader Can Afford to Pay for Attorney

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The leader of an Amish sect in Ohio, who was indicted on federal charges for allegedly shaving the beards and cutting the hair of community members, must pay for his own legal defense after making millions off an oil-and-gas deal, court documents show.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 3:33 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 7:45 am
Noted. Thanks.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 9:41 am
As a result of religious disputes with other Ohio Amish, the assaults "on their perceived religious enemies" were planned and carried out.

The assaults involved the use of hired drivers, as the Amish do not operate motorized vehicles, authorities said.

"The assaults all entailed using scissors and battery-powered clippers to forcibly cut or shave the beard hair of the male victims and the head hair of the female victims," authorities said. "During each assault, the defendants restrained and held down the victims."

During some of the incidents, those who attempted to intervene and protect or rescue the victims were injured, officials said. Afterward, some of the defendants allegedly discussed "concealing photographs and other evidence of the assaults."

In addition to the other charges, Mullet Sr., Lester Mullet, Levi Miller and Lester Miller are accused of concealing or attempting to conceal evidence including a camera, photographs "and an over-the-counter medication that was allegedly placed in the drink of one of the assault victims," the Justice Department said.

"Every American has the right to worship in the manner of his or her choosing without fear of violent interference," Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, said in December.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 9:46 am
A very creepy Amish sub-cult.

Hair-cutting was and is used also to "punish" Native American children, or to get them to abandon their so-called "uncivilized" tribal ways, which amounts to the same thing.
Hair-cutting and shaving was and is also used against those, especially women, seen as "collaborating with the enemy", in time of war.
Hair is an important part of identity and bodily integrity.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 10:10 am
noted, thank you Cal.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 5:42 pm
noted, thanks Cal

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:28 pm

Christopher Fowler (82)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:48 pm
You won't find Proper Wiccans doing this kind of crap. Only extremist Christians and extremist Muslims.

Janet B (36)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:17 pm

Janet B (36)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:18 pm
Some Amish are wonderful, but sometimes you find a crack in the System.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:28 pm
A lot of the Amish are well off financially.

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:38 pm
Noted, Thanks Cal.

F W W (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:02 pm
Just goes to show, ain't EVERYbody sane.

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:09 pm
It doesn't bother me he leased his land to make money. His violent actions alarm me, though. If there is a positive note to this story it is that no firearms were involved. I always understood the Amish were non-violent. This story does not lessen my admiration for them , overall.

marie C (163)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:44 pm

Gloria Morotti (14)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 8:55 pm

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Friday May 4, 2012, 3:12 am
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