SCOTTSDALE, AZ: In February 2004, a black diversity office director Don Logan received a pipe bomb addressed to him at the Scottsdale Office of Diversity and Dialogue. Upon opening the package, it exploded in his hands. He was badly injured as well as two other city employees, all of whom have since recovered from the results of the blast impact.
Two brothers — Daniel and Daniel Mahon — were convicted of the crime. One of the two white supremacists, Dennis, was convicted by a federal jury on February 24 of conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosives; malicious damage of a building by means of explosives; and distribution of information related to explosives, but was not convicted of a hate crime. The convictions could carry a prison term of up to 40 years. His brother, Daniel, was found not guilty of conspiracy to damage buildings and property which was the only charge brought against him. Sentencing for Dennis Mahon is scheduled for May 22 in U.S. District Court.
Don Logan, the targeted victim of the bombing, was perplexed when the predominantly white jury (five males and seven females) determined that the crime was not racially motivated — a hate crime carries much more severe legal consequences.
They are known White supremacists … I’m Black. They didn’t know me.
~ Don Logan, targeted victim
The director of the Anti-Defamation League in Arizona, Bill Straus, was unhappy with the ruling, stating that the case seemed to be “a textbook example of a hate crime.”
The reason that sentences can be enhanced for hate crimes is because hate crimes are the only kind of crime that sends a message to an entire community … It’s a very threatening message. It can’t be more clear, ‘You are not welcome here.’ That’s the message of pretty much every hate crime. People in that community, that’s the message they got from the bomb.
~ Bill Straus
The White Aryan Resistance is the “organization” which encouraged the twin brothers to send the bomb. Its members are routinely motivated by its violent mission against non-Whites members of society. “Racism isn’t a crime,” was a phrase used in part of defense attorney Deborah Williams closing statements.