Amy Sancetta, File, Associated Press
FILE-This is an Oct. 10, 2011 file photo of Amish leader Sam Mullet standing in front of his home in Bergholz, Ohio. The defense for Mullet, the breakaway Amish leader charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio, says the government is trying to demonize him to keep him locked up pending trial.

CLEVELAND — A federal judge in Ohio says he won't consider a renewed defense move for pretrial release of a breakaway Amish leader charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

The defense told the judge on Monday that the government is trying to demonize 66-year-old Samuel Mullet Sr. and invoke the memory of a deadly 1993 Waco, Texas, standoff in opposing pretrial release.

But Judge Dan Aaron Polster rejected the request to reconsider release on bond.

Prosecutors say Mullet is a risk to flee and poses a danger to the community.

Mullet and 11 followers are charged in five beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Amish last year in a feud over church discipline. They have pleaded not guilty.