Attorney Speaks Out Against Amish Jailings

Graves County, KY – An attorney representing a group of Graves County Amish men says it was "unnecessary" for District Judge Deborah Crooks to send them to jail for refusing to pay traffic fines since they have a related case on appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court. American Civil Liberties Union attorney Bill Sharp says the recent cases could have been postponed to let the high court rule on the appeal. But nine men were jailed from three to 13 days last week in Graves County for refusing to pay fines related to not displaying the required slow-moving traffic sign. The Amish men believe the orange reflective triangles conflict with their conservative religious beliefs. Judge Crooks declined to comment on the jailings.