Judge Rules Against Amish Sect Leader
Did you ever notice how often these fundamentalist charismatic cult leaders usually find direction from god to sleep with their follower’s wives and/or children?
A federal judge today rejected Amish sect leader Sam Mullet’s attempt to have some of the government’s allegations against him stricken from a hate crimes indictment, saying the descriptions of Mr. Mullet’s influence in his Ohio enclave are necessary for a jury to understand the case.
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster ruled that the language of the indictment, which includes descriptions of Mr. Mullet’s sexual and disciplinary practices, will not be altered.
Mr. Mullet and 15 followers, almost all of them relatives, are
awaiting trial in Cleveland on charges related to five beard-cutting attacks against Amish leaders in Ohio that the Justice Department contend were motivated by a religious dispute over how Mr. Mullet ran his community.
It’s the first case brought under the 2009 federal hate crimes law that involves a conflict within a religion.
Mr. Mullet and his lawyer argued that the grand jury descriptions of his influence are not part of the 10 criminal counts against him and are an attempt to “smear” his character and prejudice the jury.
The government countered that the jury needs to examine the charges in the greater context of Mr. Mullet’s control over his followers, control that the FBI says is so complete that he sleeps with other men’s wives to “counsel” them on sexual conduct and commands church members to beat others who do not obey him.