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Court throws out hate-crime convictions for Amish beard attacks
Court throws out hate-crime convictions for Amish beard attacks

A federal appeals court in Ohio threw out hate-crime convictions for 16 Amish separatists Wednesday, saying that the jury in their case had not been properly instructed about how to decide whether a series of beard and hair-cutting attacks had been motivated by religion. A panel of three judges for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 on the decision to strike the hate-crime convictions for the Bergholz, Ohio, Amish group. The decision, if upheld, could bring a retrial for the defendants, who were convicted of the 2011 trimming attacks on friends and relatives who were also Amish, a faith generally known for its pacifism and reluctance to accept modern technology. The...

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