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Attorney for Ohio woman in Amish attacks seeks her release in aftermath of appeals ruling

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CLEVELAND — The attorney for a woman serving time in connection with beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish is asking a federal judge to release her.

Court documents show that Linda Schrock has been imprisoned since March 2013 on a two-year sentence. Her attorney's motion Friday says she should be released following Wednesday's ruling by an appeals court panel that overturned hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women. They were convicted after five attacks in 2011 that were in apparent retaliation against Amish who defied or denounced the authoritarian style of Sam Mullet Sr. He led the Bergholz community in eastern Ohio.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel split 2-1, and federal authorities could appeal the ruling.

Similar motions for release are likely for other defendants, including Mullet.

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