Rogue Amish congregants named Mullet went on a tonsorial rampage to shame rivals.
Johnny Mullet, Lester Mullet, Daniel Mullet, Levi Miller and Eli Miller made their pleas at court hearings.
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Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish group accused of hair-cutting attacks against members of their own faith in Ohio are set to go on trial this week in Cleveland. . . . The hair-cuttings, he said last fall, were a response to continuous criticism he’d received from other Amish religious leaders about his being too strict, including excommunicating and shunning people in his own group. The Amish believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry.
“Every one of these attacks targeted those symbols of Amish righteousness,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan. The group spent months planning the attacks, she said. She described how sons pulled their father out of bed and chopped off his beard in the moonlight, and how women surrounded their mother-in-law and cut off two feet of her hair, taking it down to the scalp in some places. In the final attack, a man and his wife lured his parents to their farm . . . .
“He thought his parents had forgotten their roots,” attorney Dean Carro said. “His intention was to take a symbolic step.”
(CNN) — Federal prosecutors revealed a photograph Thursday that they say show an Amish man attacking another Amish man by attempting to forcibly cut his beard.
The photo was submitted as evidence in the trial of 16 Amish men and women charged with federal hate crimes in connection with last year’s beard-cutting attacks in rural eastern Ohio. The trial started Monday at federal court in Cleveland with jury selection. To the Amish, a beard is a significant symbol of faith and manhood.
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