New York Attorneys Accused of Firebombing Police Car Given Generous Plea Deal

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  3 weeks ago  •  39 comments

By:   JONATHAN TURLEY

New York Attorneys Accused of Firebombing Police Car Given Generous Plea Deal
We previously discussed the cases of attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, who were accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a police vehicle in New York. They were facing domestic terrorism charges and the possibility of 30 years in jail. This week, the Biden Administration agreed to a massive reduction of the charges in…

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We previously discussed the cases of attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, who were accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a police vehicle in New York. They were facing domestic terrorism charges and the possibility of 30 years in jail. This week, the Biden Administration agreed to a massive reduction of the charges in a plea agreement that will likely result only in a couple years of jail time. What is particularly bizarre is that the plea agreement reduces an earlier plea agreement for a more serious offense.

The plea deal by the Justice Department is a breathtaking reduction in the charges and expected sentencing of the two lawyers.

Earlier, some of us were surprised that U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie upheld the $250,000 bail determination of U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Gold. Prosecutors presented evidence that the two attorneys were trying to distribute Molotov cocktails and suggested that Mattis did not appear rational. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed Judge Brodie and the two attorneys were sent back to jail. (Rahman's bail was paid for by friend and fellow attorney Salmah Rizvi, who served in the Defense Department and State Department during the Obama administration).

Notably, Rahman and Mattis pleaded guilty last year to one count of possessing and making an explosive device, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Now, however, they will be allowed to withdraw the earlier plea and instead plead guilty to conspiring to assemble the Molotov cocktail and damage the New York Police Department patrol car. That is a nosebleed of a drop in the severity and punishment for this violent attack.

It is a sharp contrast to the harsh position taken by the Biden Justice Department on many of those accused of rioting on January 6th. Attorney General Merrick Garland cited the threat to police officers in pledging an unprecedented effort to charge and convict those involved "on any level" in the riot.

Conspiring to assemble the Molotov cocktail and damage the New York Police Department patrol car does not quite capture what these two attorneys did during the violent riot in New York. Rahman was caught on video throwing the firebomb and then fleeing the scene. Colinford Mattis was accused of having a store of firebombs in his vehicle and was videotaped as he attempted to hand them out to other rioters to fuel further violence. Rahman later was unapologetic and declared to reporters that "the only way they hear us is through violence."

That does not seem the type of the suspects who would ordinarily garner deep sympathy from prosecutors. Yet, the Biden Administration walked back the charges, unraveled the earlier plea to a lesser offense, and told that court that the earlier charges would have resulted in "excessive sentencing" for the attorneys. Instead, they are supporting a maximum sentence of five years with a recommendation of between 18 to 24 months imprisonment.

Attorney General Garland just last month honored law enforcement killed in the line of duty. This plea agreement is likely to infuriate many of those families given strength of the case and the severity of the conduct. These two attorneys were participating in an effort that could have burned officers alive as a form of protest. They will now be given sentences closer to tax fraud than terrorism.

As previously discussed, Mattis was a member of the Corporate Group at Pryor Cashman when he was arrested. Mattis graduated from New York University School of Law in 2016 and received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University. He was also previously employed as an associate at Holland & Knight. Rahman was just admitted to the New York bar in June 2019 after graduating from Fordham University School of Law.

Both lawyers will be permanently disbarred and will have to pay restitution to the city of New York.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

The two standards of justice in the lawless era of the left.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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1.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    3 weeks ago

They have a "D" behind their names - ain't nuthin gonna happen.

 
 
 
CB
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1.2  CB   replied to  Vic Eldred @1    3 weeks ago

We've come a long way baby, to get back to where we are today!

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @1.2    3 weeks ago
We've come a long way baby, to get back to where we are today!

Coddling leftist extremists?

Okaaaay then!

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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2  Right Down the Center    3 weeks ago

People not being held accountable for their violent crimes.

Violent crimes on the upswing across the country.

HMMMMM!

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Right Down the Center @2    3 weeks ago

Correction. If you are a white male conservative kid gloves are off and only maximum sentencing for any perceived crime. You are always preordained guilty of any charge.

How many Jan 6th rioters are still in jail awaiting their day in court on trumped (pun intended) up charges by the AG and DOJ to appease their Democrat masters?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3  Texan1211    3 weeks ago

Damn, has Soros bought Biden's Justice Department?

WTAF?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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4  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 weeks ago

They should have met the same fate as the dumbass that did the same thing in Raleigh, NC.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5  Sean Treacy    3 weeks ago

No surprise the Biden DOJ goes overboard to protect domestic terrorists

 
 
 
Texan1211
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6  Texan1211    3 weeks ago

Interesting that some liberals will ignore this travesty of "justice" when clear-cut evidence is present and yet try to rail on and on about January 6th when the FBI says clearly no insurrection took place.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @6    3 weeks ago

It's really revealing what they support.  Remember how many supported the BLM riots?  We don't see many of them seeing much prison time do we.  

Look how many supported the moronic "Defund the Police" garbage and all the violence against police.  We don't see many of them going to prison either.

 
 
 
CB
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6.1.1  CB   replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.1    3 weeks ago

So you're complaining that the left controls the justice system and conservatives can't catch a break? Seriously? I can not believe how low the "esteemed" conservative right has sunken to being petty untruth tellers, conspiracy seekers, and just basic finger pointers.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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6.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.1    3 weeks ago

If it isn't Trump-related, too many Democrats don't care about law and order.

The idiot DA's they elected in many cities (Baltimore, LA, San Franciso) prove they got what they voted for.

And NOW, when it has blown up in their faces, they want to recall the idiots supported by Soros.

Maybe they should cancel Soros.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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6.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  CB @6.1.1    3 weeks ago
So you're complaining that the left controls the justice system and conservatives can't catch a break? Seriously? I can not believe how low the "esteemed" conservative right has sunken to being petty untruth tellers, conspiracy seekers, and just basic finger pointers.

Do you know who controls what right now?

It is Joe Biden's Justice Dept. signing off on this crap.

I can see you are perfectly fine with it.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.1.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  CB @6.1.1    3 weeks ago

What I said was 

Remember how many supported the BLM riots?  We don't see many of them seeing much prison time do we.  

Look how many supported the moronic "Defund the Police" garbage and all the violence against police.  We don't see many of them going to prison either.

There is selective prosecution.  If the left supported it, it's almost a guarantee there won't be anything done about it.  Not a complaint.  Fact.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.1.5  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @6.1.2    3 weeks ago

Even if Trump is involved, they don't care about law and order.  The whole idea that there has to be evidence of wrong doing is completely foreign to them.  

Maybe they should cancel Soros.

You know they won't cancel their purse.  

 
 
 
CB
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6.1.6  CB   replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.1.4    3 weeks ago

It's a complaint. As you and Turley well know the justice system has local, state, and federal laws and 'in-house' policies, that merit different degrees of priority or even chargings based on peculiarities. Your complaint is those BLM folks don't get what YOU would like to see them get! Pure and simple. Admit it!

 
 
 
CB
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6.1.7  CB   replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.1.5    3 weeks ago

Now you are simply otherizing liberals. And why should liberals get rid of anybody based on some conservative disapproval. Some conservatives disapprove of liberals being anything other than conservative, period!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.1.8  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6.1.1    3 weeks ago

Exactly, whatabout...

 
 
 
CB
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7  CB     3 weeks ago

Lawyers, officers of the court, know how to plea through the system. BTW, why are conservatives, the so-called, "facts," people feeling jealous of some lawyers partial success to plea and being disbarred? Tell Jonathan Turley to stop his whining. He, above many, knows what harm being disbarred (inability to practice law) will do to any future wealth and prestige of a lawyer.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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7.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @7    3 weeks ago
Lawyers, officers of the court, know how to plea through the system. BTW, why are conservatives, the so-called, "facts," people feeling jealous of some lawyers partial success to plea and being disbarred?

Well, after reading the story, the answer is pretty clear.

Different standards for different people.

Light sentences for those who are bent to the liberal side.

Heavy sentences to those who are not.

BTW, what kind of freaking IDIOTS do what they did?

I guess we can look forward to seeing Joe Biden forgive their student loan debt for all those years in law school they willingly chose to give up by committing a violent crime.

And liberals everywhere to bemoan the fact they got disbarred for being criminally stupid.

 
 
 
dennis smith
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7.1.1  dennis smith  replied to  Texan1211 @7.1    3 weeks ago

Some simply feel the need to show their prejudice repeatedly. 

 
 
 
CB
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8  CB     3 weeks ago

Let me get this straight: You conservatives have your bottom lips thrusted out (that's feelings) when liberals are given mitigating circumstances, reduced sentences, do reparative justice, or granted pleas from DAs, judges, and appeals court, but when the same courts do the same for conservative miscreants  who are arguably guilty you smile?

It is conservatives who insist that states and other municipalities should ask independently in performing their duties and responsibilities. Thus, in part, it is conservative policies which are heavy into creating a 'hodge-podge' of legal decisions across the country. That is, where law can be interpreted differently by state and federal departments.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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8.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @8    3 weeks ago
Let me get this straight: You conservatives have your bottom lips thrusted out (that's feelings) when liberals are given mitigating circumstances, reduced sentences, do reparative justice, or granted pleas from DAs, judges, and appeals court,

So do point out what mitigating circumstances there are in this case. Specifics, please, not just generalities and railing on conservatives--FACTS.

Explain why these criminals should get away with lesser sentences for violent acts.

 
 
 
Gulliver
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9  Gulliver    3 weeks ago

I at least hope they were practicing good social distancing and wearing masks when they firebombed the police car.

Let's not lose sight of what is actually killing people in America for the last two years.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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9.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Gulliver @9    3 weeks ago
Let's not lose sight of what is actually killing people in America for the last two years.

So not guns and political violence then?

 
 
 
Gulliver
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9.1.1  Gulliver  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @9.1    3 weeks ago
So not guns and political violence then?

I also hope they had the courtesy to swab down the mason jars with bleach before they tossed them.

It's bad enough having a bomb land on your backseat but who wants to also have to worry about where it's been?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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9.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Gulliver @9.1.1    3 weeks ago
I also hope they had the courtesy to swab down the mason jars with bleach before they tossed them.

Hope isn’t a method but maybe that’s the explanation for Federal prosecutors agreeing to recommend a prison sentence of 18 to 24 months.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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9.2  Texan1211  replied to  Gulliver @9    3 weeks ago

Ah, sarcasm!

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charger 383
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10  charger 383    3 weeks ago

For throwing a  Molotov cocktail the Biden Administration agreed to a massive reduction of the charges, but if they had fired an AR-15 no mercy.   

 
 
 
Ronin2
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10.1  Ronin2  replied to  charger 383 @10    3 weeks ago

If they were conservative and white, then there would have been no mercy.

If it had been a pro Antifa far left lunatic- the media and Democrats would have swept it under the rug as fast as they could.

They quickly swept Connor Betts under the rug. Can't have far left mass shooters.

 
 
 
CB
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10.1.1  CB   replied to  Ronin2 @10.1    3 weeks ago
Both lawyers will be permanently disbarred and will have to pay restitution to the city of New York.

Quit pouting! Both lawyers realize what has been lost, their livelihood, careers, and years of training, over this.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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10.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  CB @10.1.1    3 weeks ago
Quit pouting! Both lawyers realize what has been lost, their livelihood, careers, and years of training, over this.

All that book smarts between them, and they blow it over something trivial and stupid as hell.

What moronic idiots.

 
 
 
CB
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10.2  CB   replied to  charger 383 @10    3 weeks ago

What do you mean by this: ". . . if they had fired an AR-15 no mercy."  Was it that general, really, what happened in Uvalde, Texas?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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10.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @10.2    3 weeks ago
What do you mean by this: ". . . if they had fired an AR-15 no mercy." 

He means some liberals pretend to care about law and order and is using this example of radical liberal criminals getting a slap on the hand compared to what would have happened had they been conservatives with scary black rifles.

It isn't all that hard to see.

 
 
 
charger 383
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10.2.2  charger 383  replied to  Texan1211 @10.2.1    3 weeks ago

Thanks, That is exactly what I meant

 
 
 
Texan1211
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10.2.3  Texan1211  replied to  charger 383 @10.2.2    3 weeks ago

Yeah, you made yourself quite clear to anyone who bothered to read what you wrote.

I don't see why anyone bothers to pretend they don't understand it.

 
 
 
CB
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10.2.4  CB   replied to  charger 383 @10.2.2    3 weeks ago

Thank you. That's all. :)

 
 
 
squiggy
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11  squiggy    3 weeks ago

"It is a sharp contrast to the harsh position taken by the Biden Justice Department on many of those accused of rioting on January 6th."

Do say.

 
 

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