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Amish Traffic Cases Anticipate Appeals Action
By Todd Hatton
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that two Graves County cases involving Amish men charged with violating traffic laws won't move directly to the state Supreme Court. The Paducah Sun reports the court refused to recommend the transfer, saying nothing in the cases required them to be handled outside of ordinary procedures. The charges involve Amish men driving horse-drawn buggies without a required slow-moving vehicle emblem. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway requested the cases go to the Supreme Court due to concerns over public safety. American Civil Liberties Union attorney William Sharp, who represents the Amish, agreed with Conway, but says it's religious freedom, at stake.