Judge: Jailed Amish cannot attend Ohio wedding

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge won't allow defendants convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish to leave jail to attend a family wedding on Thanksgiving in Ohio.

Federal Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland ruled Wednesday against requests by five of nine Amish locked up awaiting sentencing. Seven other defendants remain free pending sentencing.

The judge agreed with prosecutors that anyone released from jail might become a fugitive or pose a danger to others.

Those asking to attend the wedding in Bergholz in eastern Ohio include two brothers and an uncle of the bride. Prosecutors say the bride and groom are "unindicted co-conspirators" in the case.

A jury convicted 16 Amish of hate crimes in last year's attacks, which prosecutors say stemmed from religious disputes among Amish. The convictions are being appealed.

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