Sam Mullet; Bergholz, OH; Donald Kraybill; Federal Hate Crimes Act; James Byrd; Matthew Shepard; false narratives; Holmes County, OH; Jefferson County, OH
An assistant federal public defender who represents Sam Mullet from the Bergholz, Ohio, Amish community shares his take on the case.
On November 23, 2011, I met Amish bishop Samuel Mullet in a holding cell in the federal courthouse in Youngstown, Ohio. He was arrested that morning, along with six other men from his Amish community in Bergholz, Ohio. In the fall of 2011, there was a series of beard and hair cutting incidents in Amish communities throughout eastern Ohio, and Mullet and the others arrested were accused of these attacks and charged with violating the Federal Hate Crimes Act of 2009. [First paragraph]
Bryan, Edward. 2016. "The Amish Beard Cutting Case: A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective." Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 4(1):98-105.