CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal prosecutor says 16 Amish men and women accused in hair-cutting attacks against other Amish in Ohio think they're above the law.
The government says that the suspects are trying to hide behind their religious beliefs.
Closing arguments of the hate crimes trial in Cleveland began Wednesday morning. Defense attorneys have said what happened didn't amount to hate crimes. They will be making their final case to jurors later.
Prosecutors say the defendants planned or took part in at least one of five attacks last fall, cutting off Amish men's beards and women's hair because the hair carries spiritual significance in the faith.
Prosecutors believe religious differences between the Amish brought about the attacks.
The defendants could face lengthy prison terms if convicted.