Nine Amish Men Sentenced to Jail
Murray, KY – A judge in Graves County ordered nine Amish men to jail yesterday for refusing to mark their horse-drawn buggies with reflective triangles for traffic safety. The men belong to a conservative Amish group that believes the bright signs conflict with their pledge to live simple lives. Graves County District Judge Deborah Crooks ordered eight of the men to jail immediately, finding them guilty of contempt of court. She allowed the ninth to report to jail at two pm Monday. The men's jail time ranges from three to 13 days. A 10th Amish man, had also been scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, but did not appear. The Graves District Clerk's Office says an unnamed person paid his fine on earlier in the week.