Still No Verdict in Amish Hair, Beard Cutting Trial

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CLEVELAND — There’s still no verdict in the religious hate crimes trial of Sam Mullet and 15 of his followers.

A 12-member federal jury began its fourth day of deliberations in the case Wednesday morning.

They must decide if Mullet ordered his followers to shave the hair and beards of nine victims based on their Amish faith or if the acts were part of a family feud. Head hair and beards are considered sacred religious symbols in the Amish faith.

If convicted, Mullet and some of the others named in a 10-count indictment face life in prison if the finding of guilt includes a kidnapping charge.

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