- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a white supremacist’s convictions and sentences stemming from a 2004 bombing that wounded a black city official in Scottsdale.

The San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Monday in an appeal for Dennis Mahon.

Jurors in 2012 convicted Mahon of federal charges stemming from a package bomb that injured Don Logan - Scottsdale’s diversity director at the time - and a secretary.

Mahon argued that his convictions were invalid because they were based on a federal law using explosives to damage or destroy property used in or affecting interstate commerce.

He said the diversity office merely performed municipal functions, but the ruling said the office was involved in interstate commerce because its functions included planning meetings to attract tourists and visitors.

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