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Jury Considers Amish Charges

September 14, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jurors have ended their first day of deliberations without a verdict in the trial of 16 people accused of hate crimes in hair- and beard-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in Ohio.

The jury began considering charges Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

The members of a breakaway Amish settlement are accused of hate crimes in what federal prosecutors say were attacks motivated by religious differences.

Defense attorneys acknowledge that the cuttings took place but contend that prosecutors are overreaching by calling them hate crimes.

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