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              Members of the Amish community walk to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Cleveland on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.  Jurors are beginning a third day of deliberations in the trial of 16 peopl

    Members of the Amish community walk to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Cleveland on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Jurors are beginning a third day of deliberations in the trial of 16 peopl

    Posted: 9/19/2012 11:48:31 AM EST
    Members of the Amish community walk to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Cleveland on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Jurors are beginning a third day of deliberations in the trial of 16 people accused of hate crimes in hair- and beard-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in Ohio. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
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              Members of the Amish community enter the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Cleveland on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.  Jurors are beginning a third day of deliberations in the trial of 16 people

    Members of the Amish community enter the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Cleveland on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Jurors are beginning a third day of deliberations in the trial of 16 people

    Posted: 9/19/2012 11:48:31 AM EST
    Members of the Amish community enter the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Cleveland on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Jurors are beginning a third day of deliberations in the trial of 16 people accused of hate crimes in hair- and beard-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in Ohio. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
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              An Amish man walks toward the U.S. courthouse in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Inside a jury is hearing closing arguments in a federal hate crimes trial involving 16 members of a

    An Amish man walks toward the U.S. courthouse in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Inside a jury is hearing closing arguments in a federal hate crimes trial involving 16 members of a

    Posted: 9/13/2012 10:03:24 AM EST
    An Amish man walks toward the U.S. courthouse in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Inside a jury is hearing closing arguments in a federal hate crimes trial involving 16 members of a breakaway Amish group who planned or took part in beard and hair cutting attacks last year because of disputes involving their bishop, Sam Mullet, and other Amish people who criticized his ways and accused him of leading a cult. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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              An Amish man leaves the United States Court House in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. A jury heard closing arguments in a federal hate crimes trial involving 16 members of a breakaw

    An Amish man leaves the United States Court House in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. A jury heard closing arguments in a federal hate crimes trial involving 16 members of a breakaw

    Posted: 9/13/2012 10:03:24 AM EST
    An Amish man leaves the United States Court House in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. A jury heard closing arguments in a federal hate crimes trial involving 16 members of a breakaway Amish group who planned or took part in beard and hair cutting attacks last year because of disputes involving their bishop, Sam Mullet, and other Amish people. The jury begins deliberations Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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              An Amish man waits for others to emerge from a taxi before entering the U.S. courthouse in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Inside a jury is hearing closing arguments in a federal h

    An Amish man waits for others to emerge from a taxi before entering the U.S. courthouse in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Inside a jury is hearing closing arguments in a federal h

    Posted: 9/13/2012 10:03:24 AM EST
    An Amish man waits for others to emerge from a taxi before entering the U.S. courthouse in Cleveland Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Inside a jury is hearing closing arguments in a federal hate crimes trial involving 16 members of a breakaway Amish group who planned or took part in beard and hair cutting attacks last year because of disputes involving their bishop, Sam Mullet, and other Amish people who criticized his ways and accused him of leading a cult. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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              FILE - In an Oct. 10. 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr., the leader of a breakaway Amish group, stands in the front yard of his Bergholz, Ohio home. Mullet and 15 other Amish men and wome

    FILE - In an Oct. 10. 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr., the leader of a breakaway Amish group, stands in the front yard of his Bergholz, Ohio home. Mullet and 15 other Amish men and wome

    Posted: 8/26/2012 2:33:54 PM EST
    FILE - In an Oct. 10. 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr., the leader of a breakaway Amish group, stands in the front yard of his Bergholz, Ohio home. Mullet and 15 other Amish men and women are to go on trial Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Cleveland on charges of carrying out hate crimes in the hair-cutting attacks. Other charges include conspiracy, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice in what prosecutors say are crimes motivated by religious differences. They could face lengthy prison terms if convicted.( AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
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              FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, from left, Johnny Mullet, Lester Mullet, Daniel Mullet, Levi Miller and Eli Miller wait to make their pleas in Holmes County Municipal Court in

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, from left, Johnny Mullet, Lester Mullet, Daniel Mullet, Levi Miller and Eli Miller wait to make their pleas in Holmes County Municipal Court in

    Posted: 8/26/2012 2:33:54 PM EST
    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, from left, Johnny Mullet, Lester Mullet, Daniel Mullet, Levi Miller and Eli Miller wait to make their pleas in Holmes County Municipal Court in Millersburg, Ohio, in the case involving beard- and hair-cutting attacks against Amish men and women in Ohio. Sam Mullet Sr. and 15 other Amish men and women are to go on trial Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Cleveland on charges of carrying out hate crimes in the hair-cutting attacks. Other charges include conspiracy, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice in what prosecutors say crimes motivated by religious differences. They could face lengthy prison terms if convicted.(AP Photo/The Daily Record, Mike Schenck, File)
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    Posted: 5/31/2012 3:40:45 PM EST
    FILE-This is an Oct. 10, 2011 file photo of Amish leader Sam Mullet standing in front of his home in Bergholz, Ohio. A judge has rejected a challenge of the federal hate crimes law by Amish defendants charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
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    Posted: 5/1/2012 3:30:45 PM EST
    FILE-- In a March 9, 2012 file photo, Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was found guilty of hate crimes for using a webcam to view his roommate at Rutgers University kissing another man, waits before court proceedings in New Brunswick, N.J. In a legal filing Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Ravi's lawyers asked a judge to overturn the jury's conviction. They said the jury convicted Ravi in March despite evidence that he was not guilty of invading the privacy or intimidating roommate Tyler Clementi, who killed himself days after the webcam was used. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, John Munson, Pool, File)
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    Posted: 3/28/2012 6:10:54 PM EST
    FILE -In this Tuesday, March 27, 2012 file photo, Trayvon Martin's parents, father, Tracy Martin, left, and mother Sybrina Fulton, attend a House Judiciary Committee briefing on racial profiling and hate crimes on Capitol Hill in Washington. From the T-shirts and hoodie sales to pass-the-hat donations to trademarking slogans such as "Justice for Trayvon," the wheels are in motion to make money from the Florida shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin. His mother says at least some of the proceeds will be used to help other families. Experts say it is impossible to say how much could be made off the case but it's the latest example of a cause turned into an Internet-fueled brand. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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    Posted: 3/28/2012 3:25:55 AM EST
    Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin, far left, and Sybrina Fulton, attend a packed House Judiciary Committee Democrats' briefing on racial profiling and hate crimes on Capitol Hill, in Washington, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    Posted: 3/28/2012 3:25:55 AM EST
    Ernie Green, an original member of the Little Rock Nine, stands to be recognized on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, during a House Judiciary Committee briefing on racial profiling and hate crimes , that was attended by Trayvon Martin's parents. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  •  - Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, looks back at family members at the Superior Court of New Jersey

    Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, looks back at family members at the Superior Court of New Jersey

    Posted: 3/23/2012 5:53:49 PM EST
    Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student charged with bias intimidation, looks back at family members after hearing the verdict in his trial at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 16, 2012. Ravi who spied on the sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying. Ravi, 20, faces the possibility of 10 years in prison for using a webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in their dormitory room on September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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    Posted: 3/23/2012 2:00:48 PM EST
    FILE - In this May 23, 2011 file photo, Joe Clementi, top left, and his wife, Jane, right, sit inside Judge Glenn Berman's courtroom at the Middlesex County Courthouse during a hearing for Dharun Ravi, in the webcam-spying case involving the suicide of their son Tyler Clementi, in New Brunswick, N.J. Joe and Jane Clementi said Friday, March 23, 2012, that a jury got it right last week by convicting their son's roommate, Ravi, of hate crimes and other offenses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
  •  - Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, looks back at family members at the Superior Court of New Jersey

    Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, looks back at family members at the Superior Court of New Jersey

    Posted: 3/16/2012 6:11:11 PM EST
    Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student charged with bias intimidation, looks back at family members after hearing the verdict in his trial at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 16, 2012. Ravi who spied on the sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying. Ravi, 20, faces the possibility of 10 years in prison for using a webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in their dormitory room on September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - Ravi Pazhani, father of Dharun Ravi, looks back at family members as he listens to the jury read their verdict at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County

    Ravi Pazhani, father of Dharun Ravi, looks back at family members as he listens to the jury read their verdict at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County

    Posted: 3/16/2012 2:55:45 PM EST
    Ravi Pazhani, father of Dharun Ravi, looks back at family members as he listens to the jury read their verdict at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 16, 2012. Dharun Ravi who spied on the sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying. Dharun Ravi, 20, faces the possibility of 10 years in prison for using a webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in their dormitory room on September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Tyler Clementi's parents address the media with their son James after hearing the verdict in the bias intimidation trial of Dharun Ravi at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County

    Tyler Clementi's parents address the media with their son James after hearing the verdict in the bias intimidation trial of Dharun Ravi at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County

    Posted: 3/16/2012 2:34:47 PM EST
    Tyler Clementi's parents Jane and Joe Clementi address the media with their son James after hearing the verdict in the bias intimidation trial of Dharun Ravi at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 16, 2012. Ravi who spied on the sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying. Ravi, 20, faces the possibility of 10 years in prison for using a webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in their dormitory room on September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Tyler Clementi's parents address the media with their son James after hearing the verdict in the bias intimidation trial of Dharun Ravi at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County

    Tyler Clementi's parents address the media with their son James after hearing the verdict in the bias intimidation trial of Dharun Ravi at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County

    Posted: 3/16/2012 2:33:19 PM EST
    Tyler Clementi's parents Jane and Joe Clementi address the media with their son James after hearing the verdict in the bias intimidation trial of Dharun Ravi at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 16, 2012. Ravi who spied on the sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying. Ravi, 20, faces the possibility of 10 years in prison for using a webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in their dormitory room on September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Tyler Clementi's father puts his arm over the shoulder of his wife as they listen to the jury read their verdict in New Jersey

    Tyler Clementi's father puts his arm over the shoulder of his wife as they listen to the jury read their verdict in New Jersey

    Posted: 3/16/2012 2:03:38 PM EST
    Tyler Clementi's father Joe (R) Clementi puts his arm over the shoulder of his wife Jane as they listen to the jury read their verdict in the bias intimidation trial of Dharun Ravi at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 16, 2012. Ravi, a former Rutgers University student who spied on the sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying. Ravi, 20, faces the possibility of 10 years in prison for using a webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in their dormitory room on September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, looks back at family members at the Superior Court of New Jersey

    Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, looks back at family members at the Superior Court of New Jersey

    Posted: 3/16/2012 2:00:46 PM EST
    Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student charged with bias intimidation, looks back at family members after hearing the verdict in his trial at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, New Brunswick, New Jersey March 16, 2012. Ravi who spied on the sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying. Ravi, 20, faces the possibility of 10 years in prison for using a webcam to watch roommate Tyler Clementi with another man in their dormitory room on September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)