TOLEDO: Several Amish people convicted in hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio say locking them up now will cause financial hardship for their families.
One man says putting him behind bars now might mean his 11 children won’t have enough food for the winter.
Nine of the 16 Amish people convicted this month in the hair attacks last fall in eastern Ohio have remained free, but the government wants them locked up now before they’re sentenced in January.
Defense attorneys say their clients haven’t been in trouble before and aren’t a flight risk.
The attorney for one woman says she should be allowed to remain free until sentencing because she poses no danger to the community and because she’s busy harvesting crops and canning food for her 10 children.