“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.
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