Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 members of an Amish group are set to go to trial this week in the case of the alleged hair cutting attacks .
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Jury selection got under way Monday.
All of the members and Mullet were offered plea details, but turned them down because officials claim Mullet instructed them to. If they made plea, they could have been released due to time served.
Mullet and members are charged with hate crimes, attacks motivated by religious differences, conspiracy, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice.
Mullet allegedly allowed the beatings of those who disobeyed him, had sex with married women and instructed his followers to cut beards and hair of his critics.
The ritual of cutting the hair goes against the religion of the Amish, especially after marriage.
"There's plenty of evidence against him. What they did and what he instructed his members and his sons to do... cutting hair and cutting beards and even cutting the hair off of women. What he did was very humiliating to those people," says Sheriff Fred Abdalla.
Abdalla is set to testify in court next week, September 5th. He says that the 15 members could face 3 to 4 years in jail and Mullet could face 10 to 15 years.
The prosecution's goal is to prove that these were hates crimes.