Dozens of Amish travel to Kentucky's capitol to defend member facing prison time

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Dozens of Amish people traveled to Kentucky's Capitol to seek help for a member of their community who is facing federal prison time after being charged with selling improperly labeled health products.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the group went to the Attorney General's office on Tuesday on behalf of 56-year-old Samuel Girod, a member of the Old Order Amish Faith. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 30 in Lexington.

Court documents state Girod operated a business in Bath County that made products for various health problems. An indictment charged that one of Girod's products contained potentially dangerous extract of bloodroot.

A federal court in Missouri ruled in 2013 that Girod must allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to inspect his business.
Girod argued that his products weren't subject to FDA oversight because they were herbal remedies, not drugs.

Attorney General spokesman Terry Sebastian says the office will review the case.