The Biden administration is seeking to reduce charges against two New York City lawyers who firebombed a police car during George Floyd riots, even as they seek longer prison sentences against defendants connected to the January 6 Capitol riots.
Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman pleaded guilty last year to making, distributing and throwing a “Molotov cocktail” firebomb into a New York City police vehicle during left-wring riots.
The terrorist attack and perpetrators were clearly captured on videotape and Rahman was arrested while wearing a t-shirt adorned with a socialist fist icon.
Both faced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, and possessing and making an explosive device, with a terrorism enhancement.
But in a stunning move, the Biden Justice Department blocked prosecutors from seeking a terrorism enhancement, claiming it would be unfair to the firebombers and their political beliefs.
The Biden administration claimed that classifying the firebombings as terrorism would “over-represent the maliciousness of the defendants’ intentions,” despite the fact the intention was clearly domestic terrorism.
The Biden administration also praised the firebombers “otherwise law-abiding lives free of prior criminal convictions.”
As a result, the pair could get just a maximum of two years in prison.
That’s less than some January 6 defendants are getting attacks that did not involve explosive devices.
“In the case of a Maryland man who sprayed a fire extinguisher at officers defending the Capitol, prosecutors sought more than four years in prison,” Yahoo News reports.
That man, Matthew Ryan Miller, was sentenced to less than three years in a federal prison, more than Mattis and Rahman will receive for firebombing a police vehicle.
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