Molotov Cocktail Lawyers Headed to Trial After Plea Negotiations Break Down
“will stand trial in March 2022 for allegedly firebombing a police cruiser and distributing Molotov cocktails during the George Floyd riots last summer”
In June of 2020, during the George Floyd riots in New York, two Ivy League-educated lawyers allegedly firebombed a police car with a Molotov Cocktail.
Unlike the January 6th rioters, authorities released them on bail and home confinement.
Their lawyers have been trying to work out a plea deal with prosecutors. The talks have broken down, and now they are headed for trial.
Kevin Daley reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Ivy League Lawyers Head to Trial for Firebombing Cop Car
Two New York City Ivy League lawyers will stand trial in March 2022 for allegedly firebombing a police cruiser and distributing Molotov cocktails during the George Floyd riots last summer.
Defense lawyers for Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman have been in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors since February but have not come to terms, prompting U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to set a trial schedule for both defendants. Pretrial motions are due on Sept. 17 and jury selection will begin on March 14, 2022.
The accused enjoy widespread support and sympathy from New York’s legal and media elites. Rahman is represented by one of the city’s best defense attorneys, and a former Obama administration official guaranteed her bail in the amount of $250,000. Both have been the subject of favorable profiles in New York magazine and NPR, among other venues.
Cogan has delayed proceedings three times while the parties discussed a prospective plea. Those talks can continue as the case heads to trial. Mattis and Rahman are under house arrest with electronic monitoring, though they’ve each sought relaxed release conditions. Cogan allowed Rahman to attend a bridal shower and a wedding in May, though he denied a bail modification that would have authorized her to move freely about four city boroughs during daylight hours. Mattis obtained permission to celebrate Christmas at a relative’s home.
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air suggests the possibility that these two will never see the inside of a courtroom:
It’s still not a sure thing that these two will ever stand before a jury. I don’t know how they’ve managed to stonewall the process for this long, but there’s still plenty of time to cut a deal. Setting a trial date may have been a way for the judge to spur the defense along, in case they wanted to avoid a worst-case outcome. The pair were offered a plea deal in February, but have apparently turned it down.
If this case does go to trial, it will almost certainly turn into a media circus. You’ll recall that some of the most high-profile newspapers and cable news outlets described these two as “young and idealistic lawyers.” That really says a lot more about the state of our news media than the two firebombers themselves.
The Biden administration keeps talking about the dangers of domestic terrorism. Is there a better recent example than these two lawyers?
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I really hope that by the time they have to go to court public sentiment has changed and they see some actual jail time . They are not Martyr’s they are criminals and it’s disgusting how the media has portrayed them
What happens to them will not be influenced by “public sentiment.” It has and will continue to be influenced solely by the radical anti-American politics of the DA’s office and the media. IOW, expect them to walk.
“I really hope…”
Hope is not an answer. That pair is part of the protected class. Everything you see is concocted.
Democrats and their minions are treated differently than you and me.
Even more interesting is how these 2 morons passed the Bar exam. That’s probably an even bigger pandora’s box.
I wondered what the LSAT scores were?
Is DOMINION grading bar exams these days?
Now there is evidence of affirmative action for you.
I don’t see why the prosecutors would want to plead this out before
the jan 6 trials.
Not happening. Now that Garland is the A.G., they’ll get a slap on the wrist and no loss of their law licenses.
These are the heroes of the NPR, NYT, WaPo, etc. The only thing that could have made them more famous, would be if there were a couple of cops in that car who burned to death. The NYT would have financed billboards with their pictures on them.
A plea deal for fucking what?!?!
I suspect these two domestic terrorists will NOT get 8 months in jail for their part in attempting to overthrow the Government of the United States of America.
That justice is only reserved for those with the wrong political thoughts.
Things like this use to violate Titel 18 and I guess they still do but only if you were in DC on Jan 6.
There is a reasonable chance a New York jury will refuse to convict them. In such circumstances, a plea deal may be better than a prosecution and the risk of a not guilty verdict.
Better for whom? I suspect that the plan is to have them found not guilty by jury nullification and thus be able to claim innocence for the rest of their lives. The fix is in.
Absolutely, just like the Biden DOJ has refused to investigate Cuomo for civil rights violations related to the Covid deaths at nursing homes.
the attempted to murder others. There should never have been a plea deal attempt.
The car was empty, so not clear how a murder charge is remotely relevant
You were there?
Predictably marky mark tried to whitewash bomb-throwing fellow commies. Now where is zachfake?
Molotov cocktails are by definition weapons of war. or tools of criminal arson. Their very nature of their use is limited to kinetic action against an enemy.
There is no lawful purpose for them and they are not tools of protest, like signs and chanting.
If these “idealist” wish to use weapons of guerilla warfare they should be prepared to be judged as the insurgents they are.
nice young people /s
By March of 2022 it won’t be DiBlasio’s NYC anymore, there will be a new mayor in charge and a new police commissioner, even though the initial crime didn’t happen under his watch, it would be an ugly stain early in his first term if they walk or get little punishment. It will be an early test on how passionate he really is on putting people away.
The new mayor may not have much direct power here but he can certainly use his behind the scenes influence.
“Unlike the January 6th rioters, authorities”
Not exactly true, 70% of those arrested have been released on bail, that compares to a national average of 25%. If anything the insurrectionists have been treated better than the typical federal indicted person
Cite your sources. As usual, you can’t.
Here’s a list of those charged:
Here’s a summary: “At least 70% have been released as they await hearings – compared with a typical rate of 25% of federal defendants”
I’m sure he “studied” it. That’s how he got to be such an expert on Cuba.
Can’t tell Ivy League-educated lawyers from your typical street trash these days.
(I’m using the term ‘educated’ rather loosely here.)
How about “credentialed”?
Papered and Pampered
Let’s see: women; darker than white skin, minority status. They will walk.
Um, pretty sure one on the left is a guy. Haven’t asked ziq what ziq identifies as, but going by older news reports.
I will await the pronoun of choice. I will not, I cannot, rely upon phenotype.
The fact that they are going to walk is due to skin color. A different color would be prosecuted. Proves CRT is a lie.
Sorry one anecdotal story overrides the overwhelming statistics. No, that’s a really dumb argument.
Compare the comments in the link below to the DOJ’s sentencing memo on the first person convicted for Jan 6.
Bet they get less than 8 months.
Compare the treatment of these two scumbags (complete with the guaranteed quarter-mil bail from an Obama official) with the treatment Kyle Rittenhouse got from GoFundMe (and also Fundly). GFM quickly made up a new rule banning funding accounts for anyone “accused of (note: accused, not convicted) a crime involving violence.” Meanwhile, GFM was concurrently running accounts for these scumbags and do you think they were cancelled? Somewhere between fat chance and no f*g way.
Forgot to mention: exactly the same kid-glove treatment, during the same period, as Kathryn Patterson, the “sorority bomber.” This news report even plugs her GoFundMe.
Those are lawyers? Can’t tell by looking at their photographs. I think if I were looking for a lawyer I’d keep looking.
You know our legal system is described as “adversarial”. Well, they’re lawyers for the enemy.
Would have been a better joke if you had said they were lawyers for The Adversary.
This is more evidence that Ivy League law school faculties allow complete idiots to pass their classes and be accepted into the bar.
In a case in Arkansas today U.S. District Judge Jay Moody questioned why a minor born male should be allowed to receive testosterone while a minor born female should not. “How do you justify giving that to one sex but not the other and not call that sex discrimination?”
So mammograms and Pap smears are now discriminatory? It’s that classic argumentum ex ignorantia (i.e., I don’t know why x is true, therefore x is false): e.g. I can’t justify something so it must not be justifiable. I don’t know why General Relativity is true, therefore it’s false.
Why discriminate on the basis of disease? Why not have doctors giving heart medication for a liver problem, or narcotic painkillers for flu?
Federal government medical plans will cover mammograms and pap smears for my wife, but not for me. “How do you not call that sex discrimination?” Obviously, you don’t, or they wouldn’t do it.
Wow , two Ivy League lawyers may well go to jail for a very long time.
Does this tell us anything about what is going on at some universities?
“Ivy League lawyers”, I wonder what their LSAT scores were?
These two fascist scumbags should get slapped with a felony conviction and long prison terms. Leftists are fascist scumbags and deserve every bad thing to happen to them.
If the legal system had not already been totally corrupted, these two would have never gotten into law school, never mind having passed an honest bar exam As it is, they will get off scott free, and continue to be lionized by the NY Bar