Amish leader ap­peals his con­vic­tion in beard-cut­ting at­tacks

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News -

CLEVE­LAND » The leader of a break­away Amish group in Ohio con­victed in hairand beard-cut­ting at­tacks is ask­ing a fed­eral judge to over­turn his 2012 con­vic­tions.

Sa­muel Mul­let Sr. is ar­gu­ing in an ap­peal filed Fri­day that his former at­tor­ney made a se­ries of mis­takes dur­ing the trial and in his pre­vi­ous ap­peals.

His former at­tor­ney said in court doc­u­ments that he did make er­rors han­dling the case.

The U.S. Supreme Court de­cided last year not to re­view Mul­let’s ap­peal chal­leng­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the fed­eral hate crimes.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Mul­let di­rected the hair-cut­ting at­tacks. Hair and beards have spir­i­tual sig­nif­i­cance in the Amish faith.

Mul­let is serv­ing an 11year sen­tence.

The fif­teen other mem­bers of the eastern Ohio Amish com­mu­nity con­victed in the case have since been re­leased.

AMY SANCETTA — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Sa­muel Mul­let Sr. stands in front of his home in Bergholz.

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