CINCINNATI, Ohio — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the criminal convictions against more than a dozen members of an Amish community who orchestrated a series of beard-cutting attacks against its enemies.
A three-judge panel from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that the 15 defendants who challenged their convictions did so too late. This is their second appeal and the arguments raised the second time around were waived because they weren’t brought up the first time, the opinion says.
If you missed hearing about this bizarre case which first made national news in 2011, here are some other posts on the events:
The Amish Beard Attacks
Are the Bergholz Beard-cutters a Cult?
Amish testify in beard trial
Some Amish want life sentence for Sam Mullet
Sam Mullet sentenced to 15 years
Donald Kraybill on Renegade Amish
Donald Kraybill on the hate crimes reversals
Sam Mullet, bishop and leader of the Bergholz, Ohio group, is the only one of the 15 convicted who remains imprisoned, serving a near-11-year prison sentence.
Mullet’s lawyer argues that the sentence was out of scale to the other punishments:
He said he is disappointed with the ruling and feels the judges did not recognize that Mullet’s sentence is disproportionately long compared to those in the case who were convicted of more serious offenses.
He said his client “pays the toll for everyone else’s conduct.”
Based on the fear Amish people have shown towards Mullet, many had to be glad for this news.