Prosecutors under Biden-appointed U.S attorney offer two-year sentence to ‘Molotov cocktail lawyers’ who firebombed cop car

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NEW YORK, NY – Federal prosecutors in New York City are apparently clearing the way for future anti-police terrorism by seeking a dramatically reduced sentence for two Brooklyn lawyers accused of firebombing an NYPD vehicle with a Molotov cocktail during George Floyd riots in May 2020.

The recommendation of a sentence of 18 to 24 months, as opposed to the original 10 years with terror enhancement, came as part of a new plea deal disclosed in court documents May 10.

 

Attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit arson if the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York agrees to recommend the lighter sentence, a letter to the court May 10 stated.

A judge could still impose the maximum prison sentence.

The government’s previous 10-year recommendation was discussed in an October 2021 Brooklyn federal court hearing.

Mattis and Rahman had each previously pleaded guilty to one count of possessing and making a destructive device. The original indictment included a 40-year mandatory minimum count and Mattis and Rahman risked a punishment of life in prison, according to N.Y. Daily News.

The defendants were jailed for several weeks upon their arrest May 30, 2020, but have spent most of the past two years on home confinement.

The news did not go over well with New York Police Department officials, needless to say. Patrick J. Lynch, president of the NYPD’s Police Benevolent Association, said in a statement:

“There is absolutely no justification for lowballing the sentence for an anti-police terrorist attack. It’s bad enough that these dangerous criminals have been allowed to sit at home for the past two years.

“Handing them a below-guidelines sentence would give a green light to other anti-police radicals who seek to advance their cause through violence. The judge must reject this request.”

The prosecutors’ letter states that the government is planning to replace the original indictment and asks U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to convert a May 18 hearing previously scheduled to debate the terrorism enhancement into a change-of-plea hearing. The prosecutors noted the defendants’ lack of prior criminal history in seeking a lesser charge, according to a report in Law.com.

Mattis has been suspended without pay from his position as an associate at Pryor Cashman since his arrest. Rahman is a tenant attorney.

The original complaint alleges an NYPD surveillance camera recorded Rahman, then 31, tossing a Molotov cocktail at an unoccupied NYPD vehicle parked near the 88th Precinct in Brooklyn, then fleeing in a tan minivan. Mattis, then 32, was the getaway driver, police said.

The attorneys were pursued by NYPD officers and were stopped. When the two were being placed under arrest, officers reported observing items inside the minivan that are used to build Molotov cocktails, including a lighter, a bottle filled with tissue paper and a liquid suspected to be gasoline near the passenger seat. They reported observing a container of gasoline in the back seat.

Rahman and Mattis, who were arrested when Donald Trump was president, pleaded guilty days after Biden-appointed U.S. Attorney Breon Peace was sworn in. Their supporters had hoped President Joe Biden would direct his Brooklyn federal prosecutors to take a new, less harsh, look at the case, according to Law.com.

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Two lawyers who firebombed NYPD vehicle last week and were released have been remanded back to custody

June 8, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – Just because you’re highly educated, doesn’t mean you’re smart.

At least that appears to be the case of two New York attorneys, who thought it would be intelligent to throw a Molotov cocktail into a New York Police Department vehicle last week during a series of violent riots that overtook the city last week.

Breitbart News is reporting that Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, who had been arrested in connection with the apparent attempted murder of NYPD officers last Saturday, had both been previously released on a $250,000 bail. The incident occurred in the 88th Precinct area at Fort Green.

On Friday, both were taken back into custody by federal officials after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revoked their bail and ordered that they must return to jail.

The decision reversed the bail decision by the District Court. Given the serious circumstances surrounding the arrests, prosecutors had asked for an emergency stay of the original bail order.

New York Law Journal reported that Friday morning, a panel of Second Circuit judges listened to oral arguments and issued the order at the end of the business day. The order overturned the initial decision of U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie, an Obama appointee, who had set the original bail with a condition of home confinement and electronic monitoring. U.S. Marshals took the two into custody.

Mattis is employed by the Pryor Cashman corporate law firm and was suspended without pay after being arrested. He was already furloughed since early April, Breitbart reported, due to the coronavirus.

Rahman is shockingly a “human rights lawyer.”

Rahman’s bail was posted by fellow attorney Salmah Rizvi, who had previously worked in the Obama administration as an intelligence official, charged with providing the former president with information for his daily briefing.

Mattis had graduated from Princeton University and New York University Law School. Rahman had graduated from Fordham Law School. It was Rahman who threw a beer bottle with a lit fuse into a damaged police car, setting the console on fire; nobody was injured in the attack.

According to a Fox News report, the two had also passed out Molotov cocktails to protesters on Friday night.

“The pair also passed out Molotov cocktails Friday night to crowds who were clashing with police so others could cause more destruction, prosecutors said. Authorities said they later found additional incendiary devices in their car.”

According to the Free Press Journal, surveillance cameras captured Rahman throwing the incendiary device into the vehicle, which occurred near an NYPD station house.

At the time of her arrest, officers found a lighter, a Bud Light beer bottle filled with toilet paper, and a gasoline tank in the back of their minivan, according to prosecutors. They face anywhere between 5 to 20 years in prison if convicted.

At the time of their first court appearance, prosecutors said that the charges were extremely serious and argued against the imposition of bail. Prosecutors said:

“Instead of using their privileged positions to change society lawfully, they used a Molotov cocktail and sought to incite others to adopt their violent ways.” 

Their defense attorney, Benjamin Yaster,  had argued however that the allegations against the pair “amounted to a property crime,” while adding that the NYPD vehicle was already damaged and was not occupied. He noted that Rahman had no criminal history and has “dedicated her life and her still very young career to helping and serving other people,” including refugees overseas.

For Mattis, at the time of his arrest, Pryor Cashman’s managing partner, Ronald H. Shechtman said in a statement:

“As we confront critical issues around historic and ongoing racism and inequity in our society, I am saddened to see this young man allegedly involved in the worst kind of reaction to our shared outrage over what had occurred.”

The firebombing arrest of Mattis and Rahman followed a similar incident that occurred in the city. In that incident, Samantha Shader, 27 of Catskill, New York, was accused of firebombing an NYPD vehicle, in this case one which was occupied by four NPD officers. In that case, the firebomb shattered two windows of the vehicle, but fortunately none of the officers inside was seriously injured.

Prosecutors said that Shader is unemployed, and “has traveled the country committing various crimes,” with arrests in 11 different states since 2011. She apparently admitted to throwing the firebomb, as well as biting a responding officer on the leg.

We guess the good news for the two attorneys that were arrested is they can always find employment with the ACLU.

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