CIR Defends Amish Woman Convicted of Federal Hate Crime

Today CIR filed a brief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of our client Kathryn Miller, an Amish woman convicted under a federal hate crimes law for forcibly cutting the beards and hair of other Amish in an effort to shame them as part of a religious dispute.

CIR argues that if the government’s view of the Commerce Power is correct, the federal government has virtually unlimited¬†authority to criminalize all manner of purely local activities. ¬†In addition, the brief notes that if the government’s view of the Hate Crimes Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is correct, it would make many ritual circumcisions a federal “hate crime.”