CLEVELAND -- Both prosecutors and the 16 defense attorneys rested their cases in the trial of 16 Amish defendants late Tuesday afternoon.
Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster dismissed the jury at 4 p.m. Tuesday and is having them return at 9 a.m. Wednesday for closing arguments and jury instructions.
They are expected to begin deliberations right after the instructions are given. The trial has just begun its third week in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
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Sixteen Amish men and women were charged by federal prosecutors with federal hate crimes for their involvement in the hair- and beard-cutting of other Amish who were of members of the Amish Bergholz clan, led by Bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. 66.
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The trial got underway Aug. 28. One juror in the 12-person jury was dismissed after repeatedly falling asleep. That juror was replaced last week with one of the four alternate jurors.
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