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Amish Guilty Of Hate Crimes

Sixteen convicted in beard-cutting incidents

September 21, 2012
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CLEVELAND - Sixteen Amish men and women were convicted Thursday of hate crimes for a series of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow sect members in a religious dispute that offered a rare and sometimes lurid glimpse into the closed and usually self-regulating community of believers.

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