Yesterday, a federal judge set the date for resentencing hearings for Bergholz leader Sam Mullet and 15 others for February 24, 2015.
Hate crimes convictions against the groups were overturned in August.
Prior to the initial sentencing, Amish people made news by writing over a dozen letters requesting a “long” or “life” sentence for Mullet.
Mullet was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison in February 2013 for his role in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against Amish. Fifteen of his followers received punishments ranging from one to seven years.
Despite the scheduled hearing, the case could take a number of courses. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The federal prosecutors still could decide to change course prior to next year’s resentencing hearing. For instance, they could file a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider overturning the court of appeals’ decision. Or they could ask Polster to reschedule the cases for trial, or ask the judge to sentence the defendants to additional time behind bars.
On the other side, the defense attorneys could ask Polster to dismiss the remaining charges, give their clients credit for three years time already served in prison, and grant their release.
While hate crimes convictions were overturned, other convictions were not:
The appeals court overturned the defendants’ convictions for hate crimes, but not their convictions for conspiring to obstruct justice. In addition, Sam and Lester Mullet and Eli Miller were convicted of obstructing justice, and Sam Mullet was convicted of lying to the FBI, which were not overturned.
Six members of the group remain imprisoned at different locations around the country.