A US jury has convicted 16 members of an Amish faith for attacking fellow members of their community over religious differences.

The government charged the defendants with committing a hate crime, despite arguments that it should not intervene in a dispute within the reclusive settlement.

Lawyers for the 16 convicted men and women said their community of just 25 families would be destroyed by sending them to prison.

Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports.

Source: Al Jazeera