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Amish on Trial

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Amish on Trial When followers of Amish bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. used horse shears to cut the beards and hair of other Amish people, were they perpetrating a hate crime? Federal prosecutors say the shearings qualify under an expanded hate crime definition. Mullet and 15 followers are on trial in a Cleveland courtroom in a case that's attracted international attention. Join host Mike McIntyre for a conversation about Amish religious practices and the definition of a hate crime. Thursday morning at 9.

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photo courtesy of AP, Tony Dejak.


Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics


David C. Barnett, Reporter, ideastream
Charles Hurst, Professor Emeritus, College of Wooster
Werner Lange, Sociology Professor, University of Akron
Geoffrey Mearns, President, Northern Kentucky University

Additional Information

Beard Cutting Case Tests Limits of Hate Crime Law, NPR
Amish beard cutting trial attracts international attention, The Plain Dealer
Our Amish Neighbors, The Sound of Ideas

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