December 11, 2009, - 12:58 pm

Extremist Makeover: Florida Taxpayers Are Paying for What?!

By Debbie Schlussel


Florida is one of the states in the Union with the largest Jewish concentrations.  So, it’s ironic to me that on the eve of Chanukah (which starts tonight at sundown–more on that later), they and other Florida taxpayers–most of whom I believe would be disgusted by this guy–are paying for this absurdity:


John Allen Ditullio is a walking billboard for the neo-Nazi movement: a large 6-inch swastika tattooed under his right ear, barbed wire inked down the right side of his face, and an extreme and very personal vulgarity scrawled on one side of his neck.

Jurors will never see any of it. A judge has ruled that the state must pay a cosmetologist up to $150 a day during Ditullio’s trial on murder and attempted murder charges and apply makeup to cover up the black ink.

Geez, where are the Maccabees when you need ’em? Not in Judge Michael Andrews’ courtroom.

Judge Michael Andrews, acting on a request by Ditullio’s lawyer, ruled that the tattoos are potentially offensive and could influence a jury’s opinion in the state’s death penalty case against the 23-year-old accused of donning a gas mask, breaking into a neighbor’s home and stabbing two people, killing one of them.

Since his arrest in the March 26, 2006, crime in this suburban county just north of Tampa, the self-described neo-Nazi has added tattoos to his body that are prominently displayed and not easily concealed. Ditullio doesn’t have the money to pay to have the tattoos covered up, said his public defender, Bjorn Brunvand, who was worried that a jury might be biased against his client on the basis of the tattoos alone.

Hmmm . . . he had the money to pay for the tattoos. But taxpayers have to fund the bill for his lawyer and the “cover up.”

Any tattoos Ditullio had before his arrest won’t be covered, such as a small cross under his right eye. Earlier this week, he wore a neatly pressed blue shirt and gray slacks yet several tattoos on his hands and wrists were still visible.

Um, who gives a crap that he wore neatly pressed clothes? Reminds me of how reporters recently gushed over an Islamic terrorists’ “striking” looks and an Islamic female honor killer’s “pretty, petite” looks.

Prosecutors allege that Ditullio broke into his neighbor’s home and stabbed two people — injuring 44-year-old Patricia Wells, the home’s owner, and killing Kristofer King, a 17-year-old visitor and friend of Wells’ son.

Wells lived next door to a mobile home that was commonly known as “the Nazi compound,” which had large swastika flags flying on the property, authorities said. Ditullio was arrested at the mobile home after a SWAT standoff.

Authorities called the stabbings a hate crime, and Wells agreed, previously telling local media that she believed Ditullio attacked her because she had a black friend — and because her own son was gay and Ditullio may have mistaken King for her son. . . .

In 2007, while awaiting trial in the Pasco County Jail, Ditullio was charged with attempted escape; authorities found smuggled saw blades, sheets made into a rope and a hole sawed into the stainless steel toilet inside Ditullio’s cell. . . .

Covering tattoos for a trial is rare, said Michael Siegel, professor of law at the University of Florida, especially in a case like this when the content of the tattoos — neo-Nazi symbols — mesh with the facts of the case.

“The defendant did initially make the choice to communicate to the world through the tattoos on his body,” said Siegel. “Now he’s asking for protection from his own decisions.”

Siegel said he believes the judge was trying to be “conservative” in his judgment in case the trial results are appealed.

“Judges bend over backwards to be fair,” said Siegel. “It’s human nature when you’re a judge.”

Yup, can’t wait for the KSM trial. What could go wrong?

**** UPDATE: Reader Ari, a lawyer, writes:

Hmmm . . . he had the money to pay for the tattoos. But taxpayers have to fund the bill for his lawyer and the “cover up.”

Do you think he paid for those tattoos with money? They look to me like prison ugly. After all, they’re all black, no color. I would have to take a closer look, but I bet that’s what those are. He probably paid his tattoo “artist” a pack of cigarettes and a night with his prison bitch.

I have no idea why they need a cosmetologist to cover up those tattoos. I don’t see why they can’t just get him to apply his own damn makeup like any self respecting tranny.

P.S. I had a client with a tattoo problem. But he refused to wear long sleeves at his trial (much less cover up the tattoos). He wouldn’t even wear the suit I brought (from the Public Defender’s office) for him. He was already serving a life sentence, so our trial did’nt matter much anyway. But it was tough convincing the jury he wasn’t an outlaw because he had the word “OUTLAW” tattooed on his hands.

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11 Responses

Yup. Subjugation before neo-Nazis. Next we’ll have the subjugation of women before Islamists. And the Left misses the irony of it all.

NormanF on December 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Just remove the entire head so that no one has to look at the tats.

Martin on December 11, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Working in the system for years makes me immune to surprises. It doesn’t make me immune from becoming enraged at libtard judges, and lawyers that sell their souls to “protect” these scum bags. Unreal. Stories like this one need much more coverage to expose the morons that are in charge of public safety. Not to mention safe guarding our tax money.

Joe on December 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm

If this is a hate crime, as is mentioned in the article, wouldn’t the tatoos go to motive? They should be allowed (This should not be a right against self incrimination since it is not testimony and defendants can be forced to give fingerprints).

If he testifies, wouldn’t the tatoos go to credibility?

I_AM_ME on December 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

What a loser. Hope he gets convicted and off to the death penalty.

CaliforniaScreaming on December 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Terrorism is practiced almost exclusively by parties who feel powerful and immune from punishment, and by parties who feel powerless and subject to random, arbitrary punishment: the top and bottom of the power and influence scale.

How does this story make you feel?

The Terrorist's Advocate on December 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Debbie, this is funny because I was reading my paper and I saw this case.
Why should the tax payers have to pay for a racist scumbag’s makeup?
I mean, look at the crime he did!
He’s already going to be serving life for killing that poor 17 year old kid.
Anyways, I don’t have much sympathy for the redneck murderer or his disgusting lawyers.

Charybdis SeaStar on December 12, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Anyone who has seen Inglorious Basterds knows that there are 2 easy ways to fix his tattoos. The first is to carve a swastika into his forehead, so he can’t cover it with makeup or have it removed. And the second involves Eli Roth and a baseball bat. I’m voting #2.

Arieh on December 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm

All of the tattoos in the photo are definitely prison tats made from a stolen pen taken from a prison staff member(they are required to write reports in Blk ink) and done in his cell with a homemade tat gun.

I would no be surprised if he has a shoulder tat that says “1%” and barb wire around his wrists. (All blk of course)

Cheap store bought tattoos are usually green ink.

ScottyDog on December 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Reminds me of the late Milton Berle whose shtick was to yell “Makeup” and this beret and smock wearing character would come out with a half a ton of power on pillow and let Berle have it.

The sad part is that poor shlub probably was paid less than the genius who will be hired for this job. If you were a make-up artist would you want this on your resume?

Another reason Judges should be elected and not appointed. If by any chance this moron is elected I bet he loses next time.

Ron Wolf on December 26, 2011 at 3:52 am

So, does this mean everyone that had their tatoos showing get a new trial because they may not have gotten a fair trail because their tatoos were not covered/removed?

J Shipley on August 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm

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