This is not the image I usually have of the Amish:
The leader of an Amish splinter sect accused of cutting the beards of religious enemies has received more than $2 million for oil rights to his 800-acre farm, yet continues to be represented by a taxpayer-financed public defender, according to a new court filing.
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to require Samuel Mullet to hire a private attorney and to reimburse his public defender for work provided over the past five months.
They also have asked that Mullet remain in jail pending his trial, citing fears that he and his followers might retreat to his farm and forcibly resist surrendering.
“The possibility of a violent encounter, this time with law enforcement, should not be readily dismissed,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Bridget Brennan wrote in the motion. “Accordingly, no amount of bond is sufficient to protect others from this defendant’s capacity for aggression.”