(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND - The alleged ringleader of an Amish beard-cutting posse must pay for his own legal defense from this point forward.
A Cleveland judge ruled Wednesday that 66-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. can afford to pay for his defense in the case of an inter-Amish feud that has centered around the involuntary cutting of hair.
Mullet and 11 followers are charged in five beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Amish last year. They have pleaded not guilty.
Judge Dan Polster ruled Wednesday that Mullet can afford to pay for his defense. He has an 800-acre farm near Steubenville, Ohio with oil and gas leases. Mullet has been represented by a public defender to this point.
A feud over church discipline allegedly led to attacks marked by the cutting of women's hair and the hair and beards of men. That's considered deeply offensive in Amish culture.