CLEVELAND (AP) — The ringleader of 16 Amish found guilty in beard- and hair-cutting hate-crime attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio is appealing his conviction.
The attorney for 67-year-old Sam Mullet Sr. filed the notice of appeal Wednesday with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
The appeal cited issues including the judge's refusal to delay last year's Cleveland trial or to release Mullet on bond. The appeal also cited testimony about sex involving Mullet and women in his community near Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl), saying it was unfairly prejudicial.
Thirteen defendants have appealed their convictions. The judge says defendants have until Friday to appeal.
They were convicted in five attacks in Ohio Amish communities in 2011 in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced Mullet's authoritarian style.