It seems that arguments of hardship have swayed the judge in the beard-cutting case.  Yesterday it was decided that seven of the defendants will remain free on bond until sentencing.

Federal judge Dan Aaron Polster “considered the arguments that jailing the seven would cause their families extreme financial hardships….potentially forcing their children to go hungry this winter.”

From the story:

“The court does not believe any of these seven defendants will flee, nor is it likely they will commit another offense,” Polster wrote. “None of the defendants has any prior record, and each was involved in only one of the religiously-motivated attacks.”

All of the women involved (six individuals) are among the seven who will remain free.  Sentencing is January 24.