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Amish sect members convicted of hate crime
Sixteen charged with hate crimes for cutting hair of fellow members of their community.
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2012 03:36

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.

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