We have been discussing the case of attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, who are accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into an occupied police vehicle in New York. The case could prove an early opportunity for the Trump Administration to reframe prosecutions as domestic terrorism. 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 they two attorneys were trying to distribute Molotov cocktails and suggested that Mattis did not appear rational. Now, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed Judge Brodie and the two attorneys are back in jail.
Both attorneys were bailed out. 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. She will now receive back her bail money.
The decision came quickly after a brief hearing held Friday morning. However, the Second Circuit also set an expedited schedule for a full appeal. Even for an interim order, it is relatively rare to have bail decisions reversed since they are imbued with factual determinations of the lower court,
The two attorneys reportedly have clean records, which works to their obvious benefit. The problem is the nature of the alleged crime and the effort to get others to attack police. Such conduct does suggest a threat to public safety, if true. On the other hand, they can be monitored on home confinement and the risk of the coronavirus still looms large for courts.
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I hope they put up a GoFundMe. Heroism deserves a reward.
Looks like 2 idiots who got caught. How did they ever pass the bar?
Dear Prof. Turley:
I tend to support bail for these two, and in general due to the presumption of innocence.
What I marvel at, however, is that these two well-educated young professionals have so cavalierly thrown away their careers.
At a time where the Country is just getting itself together after the shutdown, the liberals want to protest & riot. With so many of the older generation already in fear to come back out into society & pump the economy by spending. The radical liberals want to turn the city streets into unsafe war zones. The liberals see this as a political advantage to derail or distract the Trump Administration. I am the son of a Union Laborer. The hard working, God fearing, USA loving CITIZENS of this great Country need to send a message to these liberals who encourage lawlessness and crime. We are for Law & Order, and Law & Borders. Could the USA do better? Absolutely. But, I love this Country. I don’t think burning it, looting it, trashing it, is the road to making things better.
I’m law-abiding and want others to be law-abiding.
Peaceful protest is law-abiding.
Most of the protest has been peaceful.
Stop conflating peaceful protest with rioting, lawlessness and crime. Peaceful protest doesn’t turn the streets into “unsafe war zones.”
I attended a totally peaceful protest yesterday in DC. If you love the country, you love our First Amendment. Remind yourself of the text: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Peaceably assembling for the purpose of speaking out for a redress of grievances is wholly patriotic.
Police brutality is unacceptable. Police should not have qualified immunity for unwarranted violence.
I hope you realize this post is NOT about participants in a peaceful protest. They were using and distributing molotov cocktails. That is not law-abiding (which is why they are now in jail), nor peaceful. It’s great that you read the Constitution, now maybe you’ll go back and read the article you are replying to.
I’m well aware of what the column is about, as should be clear from my comment about the column: https://jonathanturley.org/2020/06/06/two-attorneys-accused-in-molotov-cocktail-attacks-are-back-in-jail/comment-page-1/#comment-1962533
Here, I was responding to James Andrade’s claim that “the liberals want to protest & riot” and “liberals who encourage lawlessness and crime.”
Liberals don’t want to riot / don’t “encourage lawlessness and crime” any more than conservatives do. Some liberals and some conservatives are criminals, but most aren’t. These kinds of ridiculous overgeneralizations are counterproductive.
“Peaceful protest is law-abiding.”
Not when they intermix with looters and rioters. When they do that they protect those that are trying to destroy other people’s property and steal.
Peaceful assembly is to be protected, but it cannot be protected if the police are not given the tools to arrest the violent and the peacful protestors refuse to let the police stop the rioting.
You are not what you say you are. You sound like a rioter hiding behind the peaceful protester.
Save the BS. I live in a smallish city of around .5mil & even our City Hall was lit on fire…but our media still called it “peaceful”. Try selling this “peaceful” bs somewhere else, I happen to trust what I see with my eyes over the blatherings of shills spewing their BS online
Every city in the USA has been hit with it. If there aren’t any demonrats, the usual suspects, the only suspects, a very small city or non city might have gotten a pass. A township, for instance – population 500.
Half a million means it was rape fire central. Every city that size in the entire continental USA got ******’d by these commie skum demonrats.
commit can shove it – and hopefully the police will do it for him
so..there were many peaceful protests. There were also many that were not. you cannot say “most” were peaceful without having some metric to gauge them by, since there is none. do you know how many protests there were? what constitutes a protest? etc… so that comment is “Your” opinion
bail for these two characters is a non starter for most law abiding people.
The protests in DC were not altogether peaceful, you doth use a wide brush in your statement
James Andrade — Liberals don’t riot. Rioters riot.
Liberals are not radicals. Well, maybe a few. But there are radicals, plenty of them, who are either anarchist or authoritarian. Even some confused ones claim both. ➿
Where in the law is “presumption of innocence” entitlement exactly?
It’s kinda the entire basis of the judicial system
two more biden voters showing their racist hate.
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