Sentencing looms in Ohio Amish beard case Scouts to decide gay issue in May Ex-yeshiva principal sentenced
BERGHOLZ, Ohio -- More than 50 Amish children could lose parents to prison today when 16 men and women are sentenced in beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio.
Most defendants could face as long as 10 years in prison and are asking the judge for leniency so they can return to their homes and farms, teaching their sons a trade and their daughters how to sew, cook and keep house.
But their bid faces an uphill battle. Victims of the 2011 attacks, which the government called a hate crime and an attempt by a splinter group to shame members who left or denounced it, say justice is needed, especially for the ringleader, Sam Mullet.
Mullet broke away from the mainstream Amish in 1995, seeking stricter cultural rules and Scriptural interpretation than is the norm in the eastern Ohio community, authorities said.
DALLAS -- A final decision on the Boy Scouts of America's policy of excluding gays has been pushed to a larger, more representative sample of Scouting: the organization's national council, with 1,400 voting members.
Earlier this week, the BSA's national executive board met for three days without reaching a decision on the policy, so the board assigned its committees to draft a resolution that will be considered at a meeting in May, to be held in Grapevine, Texas, outside Dallas.
NEW YORK -- The former principal of a Brooklyn yeshiva who had been convicted of sexually abusing three boys over a 10 year period has been sentenced to 55 years in prison
The Brooklyn district attorney's office announced Thursday that 33-year-old Emanuel Yegutkin was sentenced after being convicted on multiple sex charges in December.