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Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years
Mercurynews.com ^ | 02/08/2013 | THOMAS J. SHEERAN

Posted on 02/08/2013 5:14:33 PM PST by daniel1212

CLEVELAND—Denying he ran an Amish cult, the 67-year-old ringleader of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of his faith in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, while family members convicted of carrying out his orders got one to seven years.

The judge said the defendants had violated the constitutional rights protecting religious practice that had also benefited them as Amish. Authorities had prosecuted the attacks as a hate crime.

Before his sentencing, Samuel Mullet Sr. told the judge he had been accused of running a cult. Mullet, his ankles in chains and a white beard down to mid-chest, said that if his community is seen as a cult, "Then I'm going to take the punishment for everybody."...

The government had asked for a life sentence for Mullet, while the defense asked for two years or less.

Some defendants tearfully offered to take the brunt of the blame and punishment on behalf of Mullet or their spouses. Addressing the judge one by one, they said there would be no more beard-cutting attacks.

Freeman Burkholder, the 32-year-old husband of a Mullet niece and father of eight children, apologized to the judge.

"I won't do it again," he said.

Anna Miller, 33, married to a Mullet nephew and mother of six, also apologized, turning to relatives of victims as she said, "I'm sorry, it won't happen again."

Federal prosecutor Bridget Brennan urged the judge to punish Mullet adequately.

"He is a danger to this community," she said. "He is capable of controlling 15 defendants."...

Rhonda Kotnik, attorney for Kathryn Miller, a 24-year-old mother of three who received a one-year sentence, said appeals would focus on whether the hate-crimes law is unconstitutionally broad and whether restraining the victims to cut their beards amounted to kidnapping.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amish; amishbeardcutting; beard; constitution; hatecrime; moralabsolutes
Without sanctioning the defendant, how do you see this sentencing as compared with other crimes? If the government had asked for a life sentence for this, what you they ask for more politically incorrect "hate crimes," including expressing moral views which they assert leads to crimes of actions?
1 posted on 02/08/2013 5:14:43 PM PST by daniel1212
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To: daniel1212

Better call the Amish Mafia and let them wreck his buggy.


2 posted on 02/08/2013 5:17:58 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: daniel1212

A life in prison for a beard cutting incident? I’d say the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.


3 posted on 02/08/2013 5:17:58 PM PST by skeeter
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To: metmom; boatbums; caww; presently no screen name; smvoice; Lera; CynicalBear; editor-surveyor; ...

Edit:. As the government asked for a life sentence for this, what do you think they might ask for more politically incorrect “hate crimes?”


4 posted on 02/08/2013 5:18:17 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: ozzymandus
Here's Laz Photobucket
5 posted on 02/08/2013 5:20:59 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: skeeter

It does sound like they are trying to set a precedent. Life imprisonment on Venus for quoting the Bible on homosexuality.


6 posted on 02/08/2013 5:21:46 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212
This is disgusting.My understanding of the situation is that the “perps” might be a little crazy but I wouldn't have voted for anything more than simple assault and/or battery....a short jail term or even probation if it's a first conviction.
7 posted on 02/08/2013 5:24:55 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: daniel1212
The government had asked for a life sentence for Mullet

15 years? Pretty harsh sentence for murder. Who did he kill?

8 posted on 02/08/2013 5:29:59 PM PST by TheDon (Criminalizing self defense contributed to the Sandy Hook massacre.)
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9 posted on 02/08/2013 5:32:01 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: daniel1212
Boy oh boy a life sentence for cutting beards!?

Maybe the government really really trully from the bottom of their hearts loves those folks who try to live a simple Biblically based life and is outraged that anyone would wish them harm.Or mabye they are being played as fools by the enemy of men's souls who is busy laying the ground work for the future 'protection' of Biblical Christianity.

Back in the good ol' days these wallies that would go around trying to trim beards would be given a sound flogging with the promise of plenty more where that came from should they wish to continue.Now we have the government wanting a life sentence!? All with the best of intentions naturally.What a mess!

10 posted on 02/08/2013 5:33:05 PM PST by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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11 posted on 02/08/2013 5:34:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: daniel1212; skeeter

Oh yea, this is religious persecution. These folks really P.O. Obama and his Just-us department commies.

Narco-traffickers, human traffickers, killers, rapists, etc all get much less time in jail.

ANY Christian who riles the gubmint pays with his or her life in USA now, as they do in Iran.


12 posted on 02/08/2013 5:36:48 PM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: daniel1212

I dislike the man but the sentence is too stiff. Anybody else convicted of beard cutting?


13 posted on 02/08/2013 5:39:48 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: skeeter

>>>>A life in prison for a beard cutting incident? I’d say the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.<<<<

Not in United Socialist States of Amerika. It is a big hate crime, not some harmless black on white rape or murder.
These government idiots has to get fired. They should have seek death penalty for this dangerous dissident!


14 posted on 02/08/2013 5:43:06 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: JoeProBono; Salamander; Slings and Arrows
Hair cutting attacks perpetrated by a guy named Mullet?

Really?

Irony is so .....

ironic.
15 posted on 02/08/2013 5:48:12 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: TheDon

Granted, it has not been proved that it is a short steps from cutting beards to flying jetliners into skyscrapers, but is best not to take chances.


16 posted on 02/08/2013 5:55:55 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: daniel1212

Why were they cutting beards?


17 posted on 02/08/2013 6:01:17 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: shibumi

But then you have “Golden Testa,” an advocate of a gluten-free diet: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2986105/posts.


18 posted on 02/08/2013 6:02:57 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: driftdiver

their version of a drive-by hit


19 posted on 02/08/2013 6:02:57 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JoeProBono; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Wait, wait just a minute! He can’t be Amish, he’s like, uh, a whiter shade of pale! Or is he the same kind of Amish as Beyonde?


20 posted on 02/08/2013 6:03:59 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: daniel1212

NOT A HATE CRIME FOR THE JUST-US SET

HATE CRIME FOR CHRISTIAN SECTS

21 posted on 02/08/2013 6:12:44 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: daniel1212

oh balogna. free the amish.


22 posted on 02/08/2013 6:33:45 PM PST by mirkwood (project gutenberg)
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To: daniel1212

rofl


23 posted on 02/08/2013 6:35:28 PM PST by mirkwood (project gutenberg)
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To: apocalypto
Anybody else convicted of beard cutting?

I got off on a technicality. Besides, the judge said she looked better without the beard.

/johnny

24 posted on 02/08/2013 6:44:19 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: daniel1212

So how many years are Obama & Seibelius going to get?


25 posted on 02/08/2013 6:50:12 PM PST by jocon307
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To: JRandomFreeper

26 posted on 02/08/2013 6:57:29 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Amish believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards once they marry. Cutting it would be shameful and offensive


27 posted on 02/08/2013 7:29:38 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: shibumi
Got a phone number?

It looks like she needs a free house and could hate me.

/johnny

28 posted on 02/08/2013 7:32:12 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: daniel1212
I do not agree with what they did and find it harsh and crazy but had he raped someone he would have gotten less time .


"He is a danger to this community," she said. "He is capable of controlling 15 defendants."...

She is making him out to be a gang leader , had he been a real gang leader the police would never had arrested him. It's sickening really .
29 posted on 02/08/2013 8:47:06 PM PST by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: JRandomFreeper

lol


30 posted on 02/10/2013 3:30:12 PM PST by apocalypto
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