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Offline Johnnie F.

The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:25:38 PM »
Amish Beard-Cutting Trial: Jury Selection Underway in Cleveland

Jury selection began today in the hate crimes trial of Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 followers of his breakaway sect, who are accused of forcibly cutting the beards and hair of other Amish men and women.

 U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster began the morning interviewing 81 people in the jury pool, asking them their views on whether the government has the right to file charges based on religion, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

 The defendants have maintained the alleged attacks were a matter of internal discipline and not connected to any religious bias. All 16 defendants have pleaded not guilty, many rejecting plea deals that would have sent them to prison for two to three years.

 The government revealed Friday that horse mane shears, along with hair samples, recorded jailhouse phone calls, and a camera they say was used to photograph the victims have been entered in the Cleveland court as evidence in the case.

 But at least one of the criminal complaints filed against bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. and members of his family claimed that the group was waging a violent campaign targeted at community members on the other side of a church feud.

 They now face potentially lengthy federal prison sentences if they are convicted of conspiracy to violate the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

 The Amish believe the Bible instructs men to wear beards and stop shaving once they marry and for women grow their hair long.

 "Victims will testify that the loss of their beards caused them great distress and embarrassment and altered their life activities to the point that they did not want to appear in public," prosecutors said, seeking to back their hate crimes charge.

 Court documents trace the root of the conflict back to 2005, when members reportedly began leaving Mullet's sect because of his controlling behavior.

 His former daughter- and son-in-law told investigators that Mullet exercised complete authority over the group, causing physical injury to those who would defy him. This included, they said, forcing members to sleep for days at a time in a chicken coop on his property and suffer public beatings.

 He also allegedly "counseled" married women by having sex with them in his home.

 Prosecutors say Mullet, accompanied by his sons, sons-in-law, and nephews, hired a driver -- the Amish cannot operate motor vehicles and often travel by horse-drawn buggie -- to take them to the home of one of the church bishops who had spoken out against him.

 They then allegedly knocked on the door, pulled the man out of his house and assaulted him and his son, who tried to intervene. Prosecutors say the group pulled at and cut their beard hair, then took photographs of the victims before fleeing the scene en route to another attack.

 An updated 10-count indictment tendered in March alleges that the men and women -- also members of the same extended family -- had tried to hide or destroy evidence, including a pair of shears and a bag of hair. Mullet was also charged with lying to federal agents when he denied knowing of an October assault. He faces life in prison.

 In October, Mullet told the AP that although he didn't tell his relatives to commit the crimes, he did not stop them from being carried out.

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Levi Miller, Johnny and Lester Mullet, the main suspects


Samuel Mullet Sr.

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sicho

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Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2012, 03:04:08 PM »
If I saw one of those guys with a chainsaw, I'd run!
 

Lebowski

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Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 03:27:50 PM »
'Mullet' is a somewhat ironic and appropriate surname for this lot. 
 

Offline thaiga

Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 03:56:16 PM »
Samuel Mullet Sr.

4:30am: Amish hate crime trial to begin
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2012, 05:06:06 PM »
He also allegedly "counseled" married women by having sex with them in his home.

I wonder how he counseled the women by having sex with them? He could have sold them a frog and then counseled the frog like that:



A beautiful, well endowed, young blonde, goes to her local pet store in search of an exotic pet. As she looks around the store, she notices a box full of frogs. The sign says: "Sex Frogs! Only $ 20 each! Money back Guarantee! (Comes with complete instructions).

The girl exitedly looks around to see if anybody's watching her and whispers to the man behind the counter, "I'll have one." The Man packaged the frog and said, "Just follow the instructions carefully."

The girl nods, grabs the box, and is quickly on her way home. As soon as she closes the door to her apartment, the girl takes out the instructions and reads them thoroughly, doing exactly what it says to do:

1. Take a shower.
2. Splash on some nice smelling perfume.
3. Slip into a very sexy teddy.
4. Crawl into bed and position the frog in place.

She then quickly gets into bed with the frog and, to her surprise, nothing happens! The girl is totally frustrated and quite upset at this point. She re-reads the instructions and notices at the bottom of the paper it says, "If you have any problems or questions, please call the pet store." So the girl calles the pet store.

The Man says, " had some complaints earlier today. I'll be right over." Within five minutes the man is ringing her doorbell. The girl welcomes him in and says, "See, I've done everything according to the instructions and the darn thing just sits there."

The man, looking very concerned, picks up the frog, stares directly into its eyes and sternly says: "Listen to me! I'm only going to show you how to do this one more time!" ;D

BTW that joke was also one of my last posts on the old Koratfarang. Can't believe that I was banned for posting that.  :-[
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sicho

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Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2012, 05:10:44 PM »
Perhaps he wanted an excuse and thought that was good enough.
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2012, 11:58:38 PM »
If I saw one of those guys with a chainsaw, I'd run!

Saf, I saw one at home-pro today buying a log splitter. 
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2012, 12:01:21 AM »
Now Now JF talking about frogs my cause a certain individual in the Korat community to get angry at the gas group as he once tried to suggest that the mention of frogs on a closed forum was referring to him when it wasn't.

 :stab
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2013, 09:11:55 PM »
Samuel Mullet and Amish beard-cutters jailed in Ohio


Ten men and six women were convicted of hate crimes over the attacks

An Ohio Amish sect leader has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for directing hair- and beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in 2011.

Fifteen of Samuel Mullet's followers were also given prison sentences ranging from one to seven years.

They were convicted of hate crime after prosecutors argued the five attacks were motivated by religious disputes.

Amish people believe the Bible instructs women not to cut their hair, and men to grow beards once they marry.

His ankles in chains, Mullet, 67, told Friday's hearing that he had always tried to help people.
'Terrorised'

"That's been my goal all my life," he told the hushed courtroom.

But Judge Dan Aaron Polster was not convinced.

"The victims were terrorised and traumatised," he told the court. He said Mullet's victims had their constitutional rights to religious freedom violated.

The judge said the defendants had two weeks to file appeals against their sentences or convictions. Defence lawyers suggested they would take that action.

Meanwhile other defendants, some in tears, said they should take some of the blame - and punishment - from Mullet and their spouses.

Freeman Burkholder, 32, apologised to the judge, saying, "I won't do it again."

Anna Miller, 33, who is a mother-of-six also said: "I'm sorry, it won't happen again." She and many of the other women received one-year sentences.

Mullet has been accused of running a cult and exercising absolute control over the breakaway Amish settlement he founded two decades ago.

He allegedly punished male members by making them sleep in chicken coops. Mullet also practised sexual "counselling" for married women in his community, according to court documents.

During the trial, victims of the attacks testified they were restrained and had their hair forcibly cut using scissors, clippers, shears and battery-operated razors.

Defence lawyers argued the attacks were a result of personal disputes in the Amish community in Bergholz, Ohio.

They appealed for leniency, citing the hardship the small community had faced without some of the men during the winter.

Prosecutors recommended lighter sentences for Mullet's followers and suggested that family members serve at different times in order to care for the defendants' 50 children.

But Prosecutor Bridget Brennan urged the judge to punish Mullet adequately.

"He is a danger to this community. He is capable of controlling 15 defendants," she said.

Mullet was not accused of participating in the hair-cutting attacks, but prosecutors said he encouraged the other defendants - six women and nine men, including four of his sons - to carry them out.

"There is no doubt that Mullet wanted, agreed with and encouraged all of these attacks," prosecutors said in a court filing.

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sicho

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Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2013, 08:21:00 AM »
Fifteen years seems a bit harsh.

Perhaps I shouldn't judge people from photographs but they do look like an inbred bunch, sort of rural East Anglia types. It's a wonder they didn't trim the beards with chainsaws whilst wearing masks.
 

Offline Roger

Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2013, 08:28:06 AM »
Saf. You're quite right. No you shouldn't !
But anyway it's ZZ Top isn't it ?
 

sicho

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Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2013, 08:35:07 AM »
But we do judge by appearance until we get to know someone.

ZZ Top is a bit weird too, in my opinion.
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: The Amish Beard-Cutting Trial
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2013, 08:49:55 AM »
It definitely looks like some in-breeding has taken place.
 

 



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