Deliberations to Continue in Amish Hair, Beard Cutting Case

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CLEVELAND — After two days and no verdict, a jury will continue deliberating next week the case of Amish beard and hair cuttings.

Amish leader Sam Mullet and 15 other people are accused of a string of attacks that prosecutors said occurred between September and November 2011.

According to the Amish faith, the head hair and beards are considered sacred religious symbols on men and women.

According to investigators, the men allegedly broke into the victims’ homes and cut the beards and hair from fellow Amish, who were perceived as religious enemies.

A defense attorney argued that the attacks were based on a power struggle between the Amish community, not based on religion.

Court will be closed on Monday because of the Jewish New Year so the jury will get back to work on Tuesday.

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