INTRO: Supporters of Attorney Lynne Stewart are asking the government to grant Lynne a compassionate release so that she can pursue treatment of her cancer.
From an email from the United National Antiwar Coalition:
“As you may know Lynne has been a prominent civil rights attorney for more than 30 years, defending the poor, persecuted and hapless. She has been called the “People’s Lawyer.” In 2005 she was convicted on four counts of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism. This stems from her legal defense of Omar Abdel Rachman, the “Blind Sheik.” Against the directive of the government, she issued a press release for her client. For this, she was convicted of aiding and abetting a terrorist. She was sentence to 28 months in prison. However, the government was not satisfied with the sentence and appealed. The judge changed the sentence for the then 71 year old Stewart to 10 years.”
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A Death Sentence for Defending her Client? Lynne Stewart
[col. writ. 2/21/13] © ’13 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Lynne Stewart, a brilliant gung-ho trial attorney, has a stellar history that many attorneys would kill for. A defense attorney who truly fights for her clients. And, far more often than not, brings them home. She has battled some of the biggest cases in New York history, beating quite a few and beating the government as well. After her representation of Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, for daring to speak out publicly in his defense, and delivering a message of his thoughts to the public, she was charged with: conspiracy, providing material support to terrorists – convicted, sentenced to, after an appeal, 10 years in federal prison, and disbarred.
Lynne, 73, is a breast cancer survivor, and recently, the cancer has returned. Her treatment in federal custody is, to say the least, far from optimal. That 10 years, increased by order of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, from 28 months, may prove a death sentence for a courageous, principled, and brilliant defense lawyer, who has been a bane to the state since she first walked in a courtroom.
Andrew Napolitano, former judge and conservative Fox TV contributor, has called the Stewart conviction “a perverse victory for the Justice Department, and a travesty of justice, designed to intimidate all lawyers from vigorously advocating for their clients.”
To find out how you can help win justice for Lynne Stewart, contact: lynnestewart.org