Judge Orders Nazi Tattoos Be Covered in Court

Swastika 'may prejudice jurors'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:34 AM CST
Updated Dec 9, 2009 4:54 AM CST
John Ditullio faces the death penalty if found guilty of killing a teen during an attack on a family that lived next door to his home at the American Nazi compound.   (Pasco County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A neo-Nazi murder suspect's jailhouse tattoos are so offensive that they might prevent him from getting a fair trial, a Florida judge decided yesterday. The judge ordered that the state pay for a make-up artist to cover the tattoos, including a swastika and an obscene word, Reuters reports.The tattoos John Ditullio had at the time of his arrest for stabbing a teen he believed was gay will remain uncovered.

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