Sam Mullet Denied Release from Prison

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AKRON, Ohio — A motion for release filed on behalf of Sam Mullet Sr. has been denied by the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio.

Mullet was sentenced in February to 15 years in prison after being convicted of several federal hate crimes along with 15 of his followers. The crimes included the cutting of the hair and beards of Amish men and women with whom they had ongoing disputes.

Mullet’s motion asked for his release on bond pending an appeal.

Judge Dan Aaron Polster denied that request. According to court documents, there were several reasons the request was denied. For example, one of Mullet’s arguments was that “he is not likely to flee and poses no danger to the community.”

Polster said “to the contrary, the court has already found he is a danger to the community.”

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