New York has disbarred the two left-leaning attorneys who pleaded guilty to bombing a police vehicle during the George Floyd riots in May 2020.
The New York Appeals Division ruled on Tuesday that Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman’s guilty pleas qualified them for the state’s automatic disbarment provision, Reuters reported. The court order dates their disbarment to June, when the couple pleaded guilty to throwing a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD car. Both attorneys told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan at the time that they understood their guilty pleas would cost them their licenses.
Rahman’s lawyers in September requested a switching of her sentence, saying she was intoxicated the night of the attack and suffered “untreated trauma” resulting from “abusive partnership relationships” and “early trauma” from being mocked as a Muslim after 9/11. Rahman and Mattis negotiated in June their potential sentences of 10 years up to a maximum of 5 years.
The couple say Trump’s Justice Department brought federal charges to make an example of them, and Rahman’s attorneys say their client’s “commitment to social justice” should earn her a reduced sentence.
But prosecutors argue Rahman and Mattis “abdicated their responsibilities as lawyers” and cite text messages showing the duo’s attack was premeditated.
“Bring It Around Their Necks”, Mattis SMS Rahman before sharing the location of NYPD headquarters. “Molotovs roll,” Rahman replied. “I hope they burn everything down. All the police stations should be burnt down and probably the courts too.”
Rahman is expected to be sentenced on Friday. Mattis’ hearing is scheduled for December 16.