Bond at risk for Ohio Amish hate-crime defendants
by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press
September 21, 2012 01:15 PM | 453 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr. stands in the front yard of his home in Bergholz, Ohio. Mullet, 66, the leader of a breakaway Amish group, was found guilty Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 of orchestrating hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish last fall. The government said the cuttings were an attempt to shame members of Mullet's community who he believed were straying from their beliefs. His followers were found guilty of carrying out the attacks, which terrorized the normally peaceful religious settlement that aims to live simply and piously. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr. stands in the front yard of his home in Bergholz, Ohio. Mullet, 66, the leader of a breakaway Amish group, was found guilty Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 of orchestrating hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish last fall. The government said the cuttings were an attempt to shame members of Mullet's community who he believed were straying from their beliefs. His followers were found guilty of carrying out the attacks, which terrorized the normally peaceful religious settlement that aims to live simply and piously. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine of 16 Amish convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio have remained free, but the government wants them locked up.

Federal Judge Dan Aaron Polster, who presided at the Cleveland trial, ordered prosecutors to file arguments by Friday afternoon on why the six women and three men still out on bond should be jailed.

The judge gave defense attorneys until Tuesday to respond.

Prison terms could leave up to 50 children with one or both parents behind bars. Defense attorneys expect their eastern Ohio Amish settlement to take care of affected children.

Polster has scheduled sentencing for Jan. 24 for the defendants convicted Thursday.

Ring leader Sam Mullet Sr. faces up to life in prison.

The defense plans to appeal the convictions.

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