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Murder, Ink: Neo-Nazi Cover-up?

By Drew Smith

Legendary litigator Clarence Darrow observed that “jurymen seldom convict a person they like, or acquit one they dislike.”  John Ditullio, a recent defendant in a Florida murder trial, is a man very difficult to like.  He sports a six inch swastika in black ink just beneath his right ear.  A strand of barbed wire is tattooed over his right eye, a teardrop marked under the left.  There’s a vulgar instruction to passersby on his neck, and his beard grows a devilish point.

The marks are the bulls-eyes of a white supremacist, stamped to be seen.  Nevertheless, as reported on Fox News, a judge ordered Florida to pay $150 per day during Ditullio’s trial to make them vanish.  It’s the kind of pin-pulling headline-grabbing story that swiftly ignites taxpayer outrage.  But Ditullio’s trial lasted only a few days, leaving a bill roughly equivalent to the revenue from a single DUI fine.  And crusaders for truth and accuracy should note that the tattoos that were covered at trial were inked while the defendant was in jail awaiting trial.

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