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Is Beard Cutting a Hate Crime?

Donald Kraybill | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Donald Kraybill

Did Congress intend for the hate crimes statute to cover religiously motivated violence within a religious group? Does beard cutting, as temporary disfigurement, qualify as a form of bodily injury for a hate crime victim?

Amish Couple Charged In Hair Cutting Attacks Return To Life After Prison

Reuters | Kim Palmer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Amish farmer Raymond Miller developed a taste for Mountain Dew soda, got his GED, and wonders if he should get a pool table after learning...

Amish Leader Gets 15 Years For Beard-Cutting Attacks, Fights For Release

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 04.06.2013 | Crime

CINCINNATI -- Attorneys for a group of Amish men and women found guilty of hate crimes for cutting the hair and beards of fellow members of their fait...

Beard-Cutting Amish Face Harsh, Unfamiliar Life In Prison

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 05.07.2013 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Sixteen Amish men and women who have lived rural, self-sufficient lives surrounded by extended family and with little outside contac...

Convicted Amish Beard-cutters Lining Up To Appeal Convictions

AP | Posted 04.21.2013 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Ten of 16 Amish found guilty of hair- and beard-cutting hate crime attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio had filed appeal...

50+ Amish Children May Lose One Parent To Prison

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 04.09.2013 | Crime

BERGHOLZ, Ohio — More than 50 Amish children could lose one parent to prison – and most of the youngest could lose both – on Friday ...

Bishop Was 'Amish Dr. Ruth' Before Beard-Cutting Attacks

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.06.2012 | Crime

Blessed with a heavenly singing voice and unfazed by tough inmates, the Amish bishop convicted of hate crimes against other Amish said he's won the re...

16 Amish GUILTY Of Hate Crimes In Beard Cutting Attacks

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 09.21.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixteen Amish men and women were convicted Thursday of hate crimes for a series of hair- and beard- cutting attacks on fellow sect ...

Verdict Watch Is On In Amish Beard Cutting Trial

AP | Posted 11.19.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Jurors have wrapped up a third day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the trial of 16 people accused of hate crimes in h...

Amish Shunning Central To Hate Crime Trial

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 09.16.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND -- In the stern, self-regulating world of the Amish, those who act out time and again by wearing the wrong clothing, going to movies or othe...

No Witnesses Called By Defense In Amish Beard Cutting Trial

AP | Posted 11.11.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Defense attorneys didn't call any witnesses in the trial of 16 people accused of carrying out the hair-cutting attacks against fello...

Amish Beard-Cutting Attacks Fueled By Compassion?

Religion News Service | James F. McCarty | Posted 08.30.2012 | Religion

CLEVELAND (RNS) No one disputes that followers of Amish bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. used horse-mane shears last year to forcibly cut the beards and hair ...

Amish Splinter Group Members Face 20 Years For Alleged Hate Crimes

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 10.27.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Prosecutors will begin laying out their case Tuesday against 16 people charged with federal hate crimes in hair-cutting attacks on f...

Breakway Amish Leader Ordered Beatings, 'Cleansed' Married Women With Sex

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 10.26.2012 | Crime

TOLEDO, Ohio — A breakaway Amish group accused of settling a score by carrying out hair-cutting attacks against members of their faith moved int...

Members Of Fringe Amish Group: Word 'Cult' Should Be Banned From Hate-Crime Trial

Religion News Service | Brandon Blackwell | Posted 08.16.2012 | Religion

CLEVELAND (RNS) Members of a fringe Amish group charged with committing hate crimes against fellow Amish have requested that certain words, including ...

Amish Charged In Beard-Cutting Attacks Don't Want To Take Oath

AP | Posted 10.14.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Some Amish people among 16 charged in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish are asking not to be required to swear an oath...

Accused Amish Beard-Cutting Bandits Reject Plea Deals

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 08.01.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND -- Sixteen people charged in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio rejected government plea bargain offers of leniency Mon...

Ringleader In Amish Attacks Is Flush With Cash

AP | Posted 06.30.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Prosecutors and defense attorneys are sparring over whether father-and-son suspects in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against fello...

Amish Beard Attacks: The Fight Enters Court

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 06.19.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Sixteen men and women pleaded not guilty Thursday in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in Ohio. The 10 men and s...

Amish Hair-Cutting Case Grows -- 4 Women Busted

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2012 | Crime

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, March 29 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have expanded a hate crimes case against followers of Ohio Amish sec...

Alleged Ringleader In Amish Beard Cutting Trial Must Pay For Lawyer

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 03.21.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND -- The alleged ringleader in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio cannot rely on taxpayers to pay his legal bills, a federal judge ...

Lawyers For Accused Amish Beard-Cutting Gang Challenge Hate Crime

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Crime

An Amish sect accused of cutting off the beards of its rivals in Ohio is now challenging the constitutionality of the hate crime law under which they ...

Amish Detainee Says Home Electricity OK If It Gets Him Out Of Jail

Posted 01.20.2012 | Religion

By Pat Galbincea Religion News Service CLEVELAND (RNS) The leader of an Amish splinter sect who is being held in jail on federal hate crime charge...

Amish Defendants Plead Not Guilty To Beard-Cutting Attacks

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Twelve members of an Amish splinter group in Ohio pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to char...

Amish Beard Cuttings Were Hate Crimes, Prosecutors Allege

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 02.20.2012 | Crime

CLEVELAND — Twelve members of a breakaway Amish group were charged with federal hate crimes in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in eastern ...