No jail today for Amish

Amos Mast and his son Dan showed up in district court today for their show cause hearing. This time the Masts brought with them an attorney and about 20 fellow Amish to support them.

The father and son have been found guilty of violating an animal ordinance in the City of Auburn requiring them to have collection devices on their horses while going through town. The devices are to keep horse manure off the city streets. The Amish living around and traveling through the city have refused to adhere to the law.

The two men were supposed to pay their fines and court costs today, ruled District Judge Ken Williams, or be held in contempt of court and face possible incarceration. Attorney Jay D. Joines, who is now representing Amos and Dan, and will most likely be representing the others who have been cited for the same violation, asked the judge to postpone until July 9 at 1 p.m. giving him time to try to find common ground with his clients and avoid jail.

Joe Ross, county attorney and prosecutor in this case, said two weeks was reasonable and he had no objection to the postponement.

“I do everything I can to process people’s rights. These gentlemen are looking at incarceration. I will agree to postpone this case until July 9th at 1 p.m.,” said judge Williams.

Joines told the judge he and his clients intended to meet with the City of Auburn and the police and try to come up with a solution.

“We are going to make every effort to meet with the city of Auburn to find some common ground,” said Joines, the long serving Logan County lawyer. “These are kind, good, peace loving people. They are not trouble makers.”

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