MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - When police cited three Amish men from western Kentucky for not having lights and a slow-moving vehicle symbol on their horse-drawn buggies, it started a conflict between religious freedom and state law.
The Amish men have argued that putting flashing lights and the orange triangular symbol on their buggies would violate their religious beliefs.
"I have trust in God, not in a symbol," Gingerich said Monday during the trial. "I have concern for my family. I have concern for safety on the highway. I stay to the right as much as I can and let cars pass. But I put my trust in God."
Defense attorney Robin Irwin said Crooks' verdict will exceed a traffic code violation and could affect the religious rights of the three men under the First Amendment....