2009-01-29 / Features

Judge Holds Amish Farmer In Contempt

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ A western Pennsylvania judge held an Amish farmer in contempt of court for failing to upgrade outhouses at an Amish school.

Andy Swartzentruber says bringing the outhouses on his Barr Township property into compliance with municipal sewage laws would go against his religious beliefs.

But Cambria County Judge Norman Krumanacker says the Amish must come into compliance within 30 days and pay a $500 fine or risk being sent to jail.

The dispute dates back a couple years. Swartzentruber is a member of an ultraconservative Amish sect known for its more severe restrictions on technology and interaction with the outside world.

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