Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, two lawyers and Black Lives Matter protesters who hit the streets of Brooklyn following the death of George Floyd, face up to life in prison for allegedly setting a police vehicle ablaze via Molotov cocktail.
As noted last month by National Review contributor Jonathan S. Tobin, the duo, who’ve ginned up loads of sympathy in the mainstream and leftist media, face “seven federal charges, including arson, conspiracy, and the commission of a ‘crime of violence’ employing what the law defines as a ‘destructive device.’”
The charge concerning a “destructive device,” Tobin explained, “means that if they are convicted they will have to automatically serve a sentence that is three times longer than if they had used a gun: a mandatory minimum term of 30 years. With the other charges thrown in, each is looking at the possibility of ‘non-negotiable’ sentences of 45 years to life in prison.”
On Wednesday, in a lengthy sympathetic piece, The Daily Beast lamented the