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Makeup Hides Neo-Nazi's Swastika in Court

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Reuters: A neo-Nazi gang member went on trial for murder on Monday with his swastika and other tattoos covered by makeup on the order of a Florida judge who thought they could prejudice jurors.

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The judge ordered the state to pay for a cosmetologist to apply makeup before trial each day to cover up the tattoos on John Ditullio's face and neck, which include a swastika, barbed wire and an obscene word.

Ditullio, 23, is charged with stabbing to death 17-year-old Kristofer King in 2006 in New Port Richey, north of St. Petersburg.

His lawyer argued in a pretrial motion that the tattoos, which Ditullio acquired after his arrest, could prejudice a jury. The judge agreed but ruled that any tattoos Ditullio had before his arrest should not be covered.

Ditullio could face the death penalty if convicted.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
chris December 10, 2009, 5:06 AM

Another stupid case of wasting taxpayers money.

Mel December 10, 2009, 6:39 AM

I agree with Chris’s comment. He shouldn’t have gotten the tattoos on his face if he didn’t want people to see them and react to them. If he didn’t want them seen, he would have gotten them on areas that could easily be covered by clothing.

Me December 10, 2009, 11:44 AM

That’s crazy. He should be the one forking over the money to cover up something HE did to himself, not us taxpayers!!!

Mic December 10, 2009, 1:34 PM

Are you kidding me? So, basically it doesn’t matter what kind of mistakes you make, our system will help you out. UNLESS you are an upstanding, employed, law abiding citizen. Whatever.

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