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 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.

101 thoughts on “New York Attorneys Accused of Firebombing Police Car Given Generous Plea Deal”

  1. as I said on my last comment to your blog. There are two teirs of justice. One for Conservatives and one for leftist anarchists. What more can one say.

    1. Conservatives in the center, and libertarians on the right, too. The far-left of the governing spectrum is totalitarian, the far-right is anarchist, the left-right nexus is leftist.

  2. More evidence in the death of the rule of law in the United States.
    The Democrat Party has created a two tier “justice” system where leftists get downgrades or get out of jail free cards (if even arrested) for violent crimes and sedition while conservatives get punishment enhancements and even execution for for trespassing and being Trump supporters.

  3. Just think if one of the Jan 6th supporters was carrying a molotov explosive what and where would they be today .

    1. And yet they were not.

      No arson – despite arson everywhere in 2020 by the left.
      No one shot – except by the police.
      No one killed – except by the police.
      No firearms – except by the police.
      No lasers being used to blind police.
      No bricks or rocks.

      What would have happened had 5000 protestors showed up with AR-15’s ?

      The left tries to paint J6 as something it was not.

      They should be worried that if the lawlessness continues they will actually get what they are affraid of.

  4. They’re lefty’s, they’re black, and the Democrats condone this behavior. Too bad they weren’t shot on sight like any white guy would have been.

  5. I recall that General Flynn was not allowed to withdraw his guilty plea regarding what he said to the FBI which was under suspicion of having been politicized by Obama, yet these two who were videotaped firebombing a police car are allied to retract their pleas. The legitimacy of the US system of Justice is coming under question.

    1. “coming under question”? With all due respect, the US “Justice” system hasn’t had a shred of credibility in years. The ONLY instances I can recall where actual justice was delivered were in the rare instances a jury actually did the right thing, in spite of the fact that charges should never have been brought in the first place… Rittenhouse. In virtually EVERY case where the decision to charge, what to charge, who to prosecute, who to set free, what to sentence, etc. etc. has been left to “the system” (i.e. corrupt judges, corrupt prosecutors), the decision has been ridiculous and offensive.

    2. “The legitimacy of the US system of Justice is coming under question.”


      No, they have been answering that question. They no longer pretend to be anything but corrupt.

  6. No one gets “30 years in jail,” they get 30 years in PRISON. Big difference.

    1. They always want more laws yet fail to properly execute the ones we have.
      You cannot decry violence on one hand and condone it with corrupt plea agreements.

  7. Dear Professor Turley,

    I have been reading what you’ve written for many years. I have learned a lot from much of it. As I’ve become older I’ve also watched this country’s justice system get worse, not better. This country that I love, that I went to law school for, that most of my family members have served in the military for, is on the precipice of tyranny.

    When are you going to stop supporting the Democrat party? Not that Republicans are much less corrupt, but at least some of them are not marching in lockstep toward utter corruption. I quote somone else whose words I have read:

    “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that siren…Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it… Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?”

    (Or in gentlemanly fashion merely report on and analyze current events with disinterested dispatch before moving on to the next academic exercise.)

    Yours very truly,


  8. since there is no justice from this system then maybe people should just take it themselves when they like, however they see fit. These imbeciles clearly have issues with hubris so it shouldn’t be too difficult

  9. “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.”

    – Professor Turley

    By “the Biden Administration,” the author means everyone from Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Susan Rice, to Karine Jean-Pierre and Kamal Harris.

    O.J. Simpson, Bill Cosby, King Slapper Will Smith, Letalvis Darnell Cobbins, Lemaricus Devall Davidson, George Geovonni Thomas, and Vanessa Lynn Coleman et al., and now these criminally felonious hyphenates get a slap on the wrist and a “get out of jail free” card?

    The truth is glaring.

    Colored people are as biased, bigoted and racist as Americans, if not more so.

    If compassionate repatriation, per contemporary immigration law in 1863, is out of the question, if Americans are going to ignore the laws in a society of laws, at a minimum, the entire socially-engineered and wealth-redistributed, unconstitutional American welfare state must be razed, obliterated, utterly dismantled and immutably abrogated once and for all.

    How did a desire for “freedom” evolve into a “blood lust” for “free stuff” from other people’s money and “pursuit of happiness?”

        1. She’s a protected teacher, a protected comrade.

          The unconstitutional communist 19th Amendment illicitly provided for the bias toward, favor of, protection and dominion of women.

          Women have a role, women have a duty, women have a job – to make Americans…well.

          Women don’t need to be men and women don’t need to vote – women need to raise their children well.

          Women have abandoned their duty of, not only bearing children, but well nurturing, educating and raising their children.

          Where the —- were the parents of the child-like shooter in Uvalde, Texas?

          6th Amendment

          In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

  10. Prediction: within 5 years, at least one of these two will have the law license reinstated.

    1. Guest post by Roger Stone

      After a year in jail, Jon Mellis has yet to receive a Bond Hearing. He needs our help.

      Imagine awakening in the middle of the night to banging so loud that your door is nearly jumping off its hinges. Thirty armed SWAT agents with guns drawn escort you out of your house in pajamas and handcuffs, and for the next 16 months you are fighting for your life from four cold walls against the full weight of the Federal government.

      You thought you had rights, but you were wrong.

      TRENDING: UPDATE: Investigation Reopened into Mysterious Death Of Clinton Advisor Linked To Jeffrey Epstein – Was Found HANGING FROM TREE WITH SHOTGUN BLAST TO CHEST

      Although I did not commit or encourage any illegal acts on January 6th, I know personally how Luciferian the left can be in its politically motivated bullying tactics, and I cannot idly watch the same campaign of terror used against average Americans for being at the Capitol that fated day.

      Jonathan Mellis is one Jan Sixer held in pre-trial detention for 469 days without a bond hearing (nor did he waive his right to one). The court document requesting one is over a year old, dated March of 2021, somehow lost and forgotten.



      Please Help: Marine Corps Veteran Zach Rehl Did Not Commit Any Violence, Did Not Break Down Barriers, Has Been Detained for Over 14 Months and Never Has Held His Baby Daughter — PLEASE HELP ZACH
      By Jim Hoft
      Published June 1, 2022 at 9:00am



  11. These attorneys are good people who made a mistake when they threw a Molotov cocktail into an occupied police car. They are nothing like those evil Trump supporters who were caught redhanded loitering outside the Capitol building on January 6.

    1. Burn down a house without knowing there are people in it, and you go to prison. How is this any different?

  12. OT


    Ban guns because of psychotic shooters.

    Ban cars because of drunk drivers.

    Penalize law-abiding citizens for the actions of criminals.

    Allow only criminals to amend the Constitution.

  13. who were accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into an occupied police vehicle

    unoccupied police vehicle. An important difference.

  14. When Peter Navarro was arrested and put in handcuffs and leg manacles the FBI likely intended to demean and shame him publicly.

    They exalted him instead.

    And they revealed yet again the depth of decay in that corrupt and dangerous agency.

    1. Ah, yes.

      From whence shall the leader emerge?

      “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

      – Declaration of independence, 1776

  15. OT

    “Supreme Court to issue decisions soon.”

    – Media

    “[Decisions]? We don’t need no stinking [decisions].”

    – Gold Hat, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    “Just the [Articles and Sections], ma’am.”

    – Sergeant Joe Friday.

    “Do you solemnly swear to tell the [Constitution], the whole [Constitution], and nothing but the [Constitution]? So help you God.”

    – Courtroom Oaths

    Why does America need “decisions” by the Supreme Court?

    Actual Americans can read the Constitution, certainly regarding fundamental law.

    America knows its law; America can read its law.

    Justices who “decide” anything at variance with the Constitution must be impeached and convicted for dereliction of his duty and sworn oath to “support” the literal English words of the Constitution, for usurpation, for subversion et al.

    The Supreme Court has NO constitutional authority or power to legislate, modify legislation, amend the Constitution, or legislate or amend the Constitution through “interpretation.

    The Supreme Court must “support” the “manifest tenor” of the Constitution.


  16. Turley– “Both lawyers will be permanently disbarred and will have to pay restitution to the city of New York.”

    These days I would not be surprised if they were reinstated with the bar, hired by the DOJ, and paid reparations for being POCs who were inconvenienced while reforming society.

    1. Yes, as I just finished reading this, I said to my husband–“let’s see if that comes to fruition.” They damaged a vehicle–there were live human beings sitting in that vehicle? Oh, well. Does that mean anything? If this, then that–I think those who “walked into the capital” as the doors were being held open by capital police (as I saw it on TV) have a case.

    2. “These days I would not be surprised if . . .”

      Don’t forget the customary gig at a “respected” law school.

      1. RE:””Don’t forget the customary gig at a “respected” law school………….”” “Holy Andrew Weissman, Batman!!”

  17. Hey Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, you are so smaaaht

    Rahman noodle, …how”s that “the only way they hear us is through violence.” strategy working out for you? Even though you lucked out that Garland looked the other way, you still are permanently disbarred and will still have a felony conviction on your record.

    Oh General Mathis and Rahman, where are your peeps that you fire bombed cops for now? where are the BLM folks after taking all the donation money and buying property for themselves? Sad how easily dopes like you are brainwashed, now do your time, but be careful reaching for the soap in the shower

  18. If there is not a massacre in November, then you know our elections are rigged.

  19. Who let them in?

    Clue: It all started at the point of “Crazy Abe” Lincoln’s alliance with Karl Marx.

    “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

    – Abraham Lincoln, from his first speech as an Illinois state legislator, 1837

    Letter of congratulation and commendation from Karl Marx to Abraham Lincoln:

    Marx induced (i.e. ordered) Lincoln to effect the “…RECONSTRUCTION of a social world” which he and his successors commenced immediately through Karl Marx’s, wait for it, “RECONSTRUCTION Amendments.”

    “The workingmen of Europe…consider it an earnest of the epoch to come, that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through…the reconstruction of a social world.”

    – Karl Marx to Abraham Lincoln, 1864

    “Everyone now is more or less a Socialist.”

    – Charles Dana, managing editor of the New York Tribune, and Lincoln’s assistant secretary of war, 1848

    “The goal of Socialism is Communism.”

    – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    The American Founders formally required citizens to be “…free white person(s)…” in the Naturalization Act of 1790.

    The American Founders rejected the enslavement of “…a social world…,” and, in lieu, chose the freedom and free enterprise of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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