antiwar / US Politics

A Death Sentence for Defending her Client? Free Lynne Stewart!


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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.

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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
Listen to Mumia’s message by clicking here.
       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
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