PEN1 White Supremacist: Please Don't Tie Me To Adolf Hitler!

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Like most, if not all, Public Enemy Number One Death Squad (PEN1) hoodlums, Jason Alexander Mahoney enjoys terrorizing people.

Mahoney has "PDS" (PEN1 Death Squad) tattooed on his stomach, a swastika on one side of his chest and a demon figure on the other, "PEN1" on his legs, a swastika on his shoulder, Norse god Thor on his left arm and numerous other pro-Adolf Hitler images scattered decoratively over the rest of his body.

The white supremacist is equally subtle in his oral communications.

"White power!" he once screamed at a 15-year-old girl. "What the fuck are you looking at? I'm going to come over there and fuck you in the ass. I'll rape and kill you, bitch."

But when it came time to face a 2010 jury for stealing $442 worth of beer and food from Fitzgerald's Irish Pub in Huntington Beach (and carrying a loaded handgun), the convicted felon became decidedly sheepish about his white supremacy.

Mahoney, who goes by the nickname "Knucklehead," demanded that Superior Court Judge Lance Jensen block prosecutors from showing jurors pictures of him giving Heil Hitler salutes, flashing PEN1 gang signs and lovingly holding Hitler's Mein Kampf. Such material would mislead the jury about his character, he argued.

Heinrich Himmler must be rolling over his his grave. Himmler touted the "self-evident fortitude" of Nazi loyalists. Apparently, white supremacy nowadays is a flimsy, conditional belief system with a "time out" period. (The PEN1 crisis could be worse: See this story.)

According to the now 32-year-old Knucklehead, he performed pro-Nazi stunts in the photographs without enthusiasm and as merely a disingenuous effort to convince actual PEN1 members that he was one of them when he'd really "retired" from the gang.

Or, perhaps, as a potential Third Striker, he desperately didn't want to be convicted, win gang enhancements and spend the rest of his life in a California prison.

Just saying.

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Anyhow, Jensen split the baby. He blocked the prosecutor from showing 13 of the 15 pro-Hitler photographs.

Nevertheless, jurors found Knucklehead guilty of nine felonies and the judge handed down a sentence of 35 years to life in prison.

This week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered Mahoney's appeal of his conviction and, among several points, rejected his claim that the admission of the two photographs improperly prejudiced his jury.

A three-justice panel ruled that Mahoney's claim that he posed in the PEN1 pictures just to look "cool" wasn't reasonable and instead proved he was an active white supremacist in a criminal street gang.

Case closed.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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22 comments
Ray
Ray

Just ran across this article while doing some research on PEN1. Sad to say I know of someone  that has belonged to this gang for over 20 years. I was researching to see what his chances were of ever leaving this gang and becoming a contributing member to society. It does not look good.  What a bunch of Idiots! I'm assuming he never told them his mother was once married to a black man. Crazy Fools! White Power my Ass.

Combateric
Combateric

Watch out for death squad guys on motorcycles in HB. You don't want to mess with those guys... I was on main street and one I them broke my mirror off, I think they hang down in tht area...

Punkrock_warlord
Punkrock_warlord

What is up with OC Weekly's hard-on for Skinheads? First it was Rich Kane (the tomato face bottom bear). Now, Scott Moxley and Gustavo snowball this pathetic dribble back n' forth like two over sexed strippers. Give it a rest!

norag60
norag60

that's funny,,,,,lol! careful you'll get el BLOCK-O

norag60
norag60

seems to me this guy's character is witness enough. i wonder what his brothers would have done hearing his disloyal comments. as with most gangs, they require undying loyalty to prevent your undying. this guy is a terrorist, home grown. who would want their mom or grandmother to meet up with someone like him? btw, this IS an open forum right? i don't like censorship. ijs

Boredinoc
Boredinoc

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life. Or maybe it is.

Ergo
Ergo

R. Scott Moxley = Ur Self Mockery on legal issues.

Political views are protected by the 1st Amendment and have nothing to do with the offense in this case.Showing this guy's offensive political views to the jury was clearly improper and will be overturned on appeal.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Marty Cox: Is that you???

Ergo
Ergo

Never even heard of "Marty Cox".Go trolling elsewhere.

Ergo
Ergo

Weaklings should just hug each other in the office, instead of posting nonsense here to show support.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'm only asking... Shouldn't it be the defenses responsibility to request that that be suppressed and not mentioned in court in front of the jury?  And if that request is not made or it is rejected then isn't the prosecution free to use this to attack his character? 

Ergo
Ergo

Based on the story: Defense asked but the judge allowed 2 photos.Invoking constitutional rights is done outside jury presence. Eg: When Fuhrman (OJ liar cop) invoked the 5th this was not presented to the jury.

Ergo
Ergo

The evidence (assuming it's not tainted) suggests that he knows the killer(s), but he's not telling.

Bob Squalonero
Bob Squalonero

I think we should give this hate organization a new name:  Public Enemy Nation Doing Extremely Jerky Overtures.

That way, their acronym will be......(wait 4 it)......PENDEJO!  ;-)

mitch young
mitch young

The way I understand it, people are to be tried on the crimes they allegedly commit, not their political beliefs or associations. In this case, it is difficult to see the connection between stealing from an Irish Bar and any 'white supremacist' activities. The prosecution was merely trying to influence the jury by introducing prejudicial material with zero (at least as far as this post reveals) connection to the crime.

909Jeff
909Jeff

While that is true for the most part people often times use character witnesses to show what great people they are... In the same spirit the prosecution will use the same tactics to soil the character or reputation of someone.  I'm sure we all know what poisoning the well is.  If the Jury sees who he is affiliated with the more likely they are to agree that he is capable of committing the crime he's accused of. 

Spicy Mike
Spicy Mike

No surprise there.  I remember being in Corcoran back in 1989-1990 and whenever the skinhead idiots - of whom most were suddenly growing hair - were questioned by blacks or Hispanics about it, would all of a sudden go into "that's when I was younger, I don't do that anymore" mode.

Yup, unless it is some old black folks or pregnant Hispanic women, these guys all of a sudden don't want to play anymore.  But the reality of it is, once they are in an environment where they're around the craziest Hispanics and blacks in the state of California, well.....you know.

mitch young
mitch young

My understanding is that whites often *join* 'white supremacist' gangs in prison, merely for protection. Then again, 'I ain't never been to jail'.

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