No verdict in Amish beard cutting trial

Sam Mullet, leader of Amish group in Bergholz, Ohio

After four days of deliberations,jurors in the Amish beard cutting trial have not reached a verdict.{} There was a question raised aboutconspiracy.{} In response to the question thejudge said a conspiracy didn't necessarily have to involve all nine victims orall 16 defendants.{} Defense attorneysthen argued that the indictment specified a plot against the nine victims.

The government considers the attackshate crimes based on differences within the religion.{} The defense in this case argues that it wasan internal church dispute and doesn't reach a criminal level.

Federal court in Cleveland recessedlate Wednesday and will resume Thursday morning.