Civil Liberties

Amish Sect Leader Convicted of Hate Crimes in Beard-Cutting Attacks

Targeted other Amish


A federal jury on Thursday convicted an Ohio Amish sect leader and 15 of his followers on federal hate crimes charges in connection with several beard-cutting attacks on Amish people that shocked the state last fall.

Samuel Mullet Sr. and his followers were found guilty of conspiracy to commit hate crimes for attacks on nine Amish men and women. Each defendant faced other charges for their participation or planning in the attacks.