Two-tier justice system.
“I have a hard time thinking blanket deterrence works well by trading a soft plea agreement to justify light treatment for someone who bombed a police car,” Trusty said. “This same Department of Justice would likely take a rather different stance if this had been a defendant who threw Molotov cocktails in Washington, DC, on January 6.”
“Left-wing Lawyer Who Torched Police Car Dodges Five-Year Sentence, Sent Just 15 Months In Prison,” By Josh Christenson, Washington Free Beacon, Nov. 18, 2022:
NEW YORK—Urooj Rahman, a public interest attorney who bombed a police cruiser during the 2020 George Floyd riots, was sentenced to just 15 months in prison Friday after Biden’s Justice Department intervened on his behalf. , pressing the court for a judgment to follow. the guidelines that called for 10 years.
US District Judge Brian Cogan of the Eastern District of New York presented the award to a packed courtroom in Brooklyn, where Rahman’s allies rallied in solidarity. Rahman, who was facing up to five years in prison, told his supporters that the sentence was “not the result we wanted.” His lawyer, Peter Baldwin, said Rahman’s defense team was “obviously disappointed with the outcome, but we are thrilled that Urooj can move on to the next phase of his life.”
Rahman and his consummate, Colinford Mattis, have leveraged their connections to top universities, white shoe law firms and the Obama administration to curry favor with liberal elites. They were the subject of glowing profiles in the national media during their prosecution and struck a delightful deal with Biden’s Justice Department, which, in a rare move, stepped in to ask the court to treat them patiently after the administration’s Trump had pushed for an aggressive prosecution.
The Justice Department declined to comment.
The plea deal paid off for Rahman, who was also sentenced to two years of supervised release. Cogan chided Rahman for the “incredible level of arrogance” he took for a lawyer to carry out an “attack on the rule of law.” But the judge also called Rahman “a remarkable person who did a terrible thing one night,” echoing the case his lawyers brought in his defense.
On May 29, 2020, Rahman, a Fordham University Law School graduate, threw a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle along with Mattis, a Fordham University Law School graduate. Princeton and New York. The couple pleaded guilty in June, qualifying them for automatic disbarment. New York officially debarred them Tuesday.
The Trump administration initially sought an upgrade to the domestic terrorism sentence against the couple, which would have carried a maximum sentence of 10 years. But Biden’s Justice Department ruled out the enhancement, and attorneys pleaded to charges of conspiracy to commit arson and manufacturing and possession of an unregistered destructive device.
The lesser charges carried a maximum sentence of five years. In September, prosecutors requested that the duo serve only 18 to 24 months based on the “history and personal characteristics of the defendants.”
James Trusty, a former prosecutor in the Justice Department’s criminal division, told the Washington free beacon that Rahman received “extraordinarily unusual treatment by the Department of Justice.”
“I have a hard time thinking blanket deterrence works well by trading a soft plea agreement to justify light treatment for someone who bombed a police car,” Trusty said. “This same Department of Justice would probably take a rather different stance if this had been a defendant who threw Molotov cocktails in Washington, DC, on January 6.”…