Resentencing scheduled for Amish bishop Sam Mullet and 15 followers

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CINCINNATI, Ohio  – A federal judge has rescheduled a hearing for bishop Sam Mullet and 15 followers who were convicted in 2012 for hate crimes in a series of beard cutting attacks.

The group will now appear before a judge on February 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Back in August, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with arguments brought on by attorneys for the Amish. The attacks were in retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced the authoritarian style of leader Sam Mullet Sr.

Mullet was accused of orchestrating the beard cuttings in an attempt to shame mainstream members who believed were straying for their beliefs.

The defense had said there was insufficient evidence linking Mullet to the hair-cutting.

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