9 Amish men sentenced in safety triangle case

September 12, 2011 - 8:20 PM

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Nine Amish men who refused to display an orange reflective triangle on their horse-drawn buggies have been ordered to jail for not paying court-imposed fines.

The men belong to the ultraconservative Old Order Swartzentruber Amish sect in western Kentucky. They object to the triangles because the bright color violates their modesty code.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/njcW9w ) that the men say paying the fines would amount to complying with a law they believe violates their religious strictures.

Graves County District Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks sentenced the men Monday to three to 10 days in jail.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals in June denied the defendants' appeal on the misdemeanor convictions.