A TIME TO REPENT: Amish Beard Cutters
In 2011 a dissident sect of Amish set out on a series of bizarre beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Ohio Amish that drew national attention. The breakaway Amish were convicted last year of multiple counts of conspiracy and hate crimes, which carry harsher punishment than simple assault. The leader of this Group Samuel Mullet was handed the stiffest sentence, 15 years in Federal Prison. I spent a day on the Mullets farm in Bergholtz, Ohio on assignmentfor the New York Times just days before they were sentenced.