Amish juror dismissed by judge for 'dozing off'

2:36 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster has dismissed a juror in the Amish beard- and hair-cutting trial being held in federal court.

The juror, a women designated as Juror Number 4, was relieved of her duties late Wednesday after the trial had ended for the day.

On the first day of the trial, Polster admonished the same juror in private.

In the open courtroom, Polster merely said that "one of our jurors has not found our proceedings very scintillating," after being alerted by one of the 16 defense attorneys that the juror had fallen asleep during opening statements by the defense attorneys.

The juror has already been replaced by an alternate juror, leaving three alternate jurors remaining.

Federal charges have been filed against 16 defendants related to four attacks that occured between September and November in 2011. There was one attack on Sept. 6, two on Oct. 4 after the Mt. Hope auction, and one on Nov. 9.

Fifteen defendants are charged with carrying out hair- and beard-cutting attacks on other Amish. The 16th defendant is Bishop Samuel Mullet Sr., whom federal officials call the ringleader but who was not involved in the actual attacks.

Prosecutors call Mullet Sr., 66, the head of the Bergholz clan, a breakaway sect of the Amish based in Bergholz, Ohio. 

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