Deliberations to Continue in Amish Attacks Case

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CLEVELAND — Deliberations will stretch to a fourth day in the Amish beard and hair cutting case.

Fresh off a three-day weekend, a 12-member federal jury began its third day of deliberations at 9 a.m. Tuesday and was sent home just before 5 p.m.

It will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The jury must decide if Sam Mullet forced 15 of his followers to shave the hair and beards of nine victims based on their Amish faith or if it was a family feud. Head hair and beards are considered sacred religious symbols in the Amish faith.

Prosecutors say the attacks happened between September and November 2011.

The prosecution has argued that Mullet and his followers purposely invaded the homes of their victims and that they laughed and joked about it and took pictures of the attacks.

The defense has argued that it was a power struggle between the old and new order Amish, and not based on religion.

Closing arguments concluded last Wednesday.

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

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