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Magda Hassan
03-29-2010, 08:34 AM
By email today.


Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to defending the poor and the
oppressed. After forty years of exposing government targeting of the
most vulnerable and exploited in our society, the government has now
acted to bury her alive.

The government prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart
is based solely upon the fact that she joined former Attorney-General
Ramsey Clark and attorney Abdeen Jabbar in defending Sheikh Omar Abdul
Rahman against the trumped up charge that he organized and implemented a
terrorist plot to blow up noted landmarks, including the George
Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Statue of Liberty and United Nations,
along with planning to assassinate then Senator Alphonse D?Amato and
former U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali.

These charges were false. The plot was entirely an FBI plan designed to
ensnare young men attending the mosque of the Sheikh in order to create
a climate of fear in the United States and to provide a pretext for wars
abroad and the drastic infringement of democratic rights at home.

These are the stakes in the government?s own conspiracy against all
defense lawyers who dare to represent those targeted by a criminal State.

Even federal investigators, high-ranking Justice Department lawyers and
Attorney General Janet Reno herself doubted the evidence. The /Los
Angeles Times /reported on August 28, 1993 that ?For weeks, federal
investigators privately voiced their doubts about the quality of the
evidence supporting the government?s case against Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman.?

?But in the end,? the article revealed, ?Attorney General Janet Reno
overcame her own misgivings, as well as those of her subordinates and
concluded that the alleged conspiracy was ?a case that had to be

The then Attorney General was muscled into proceeding with false charges
against the Sheikh arising from a plot prepared by the F.B.I. itself, as
documented in the /New York/ /Times/, /Los Angeles Times/ and /London

Lynne Stewart was herself convicted in a trial where endless hours of
footage of Osama

bin Laden and the attacks of September 11^th , 2001 ? all entirely
unrelated to the events of 1993 ? were allowed by the court to be
introduced in trial in a reckless and illegal attempt to frighten and
intimidate the jury.

In a case that is a watershed in the direct assault upon democratic
rights in the United States, Lynne Stewart has been railroaded to prison
in an ominous threat to any attorney who defends people falsely accused
and targeted by the U.S. government. If lawyers can be enfolded within
the crime imputed to the client they defend, merely for acting as their
attorney, no one can get a fair trial in the United States.

The basis of the government?s claim that Lynne Stewart ?aided and
supported terrorism? by defending Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman is that she
released a Press Release to Reuters and other news agencies containing
the views of the Sheikh on political events in Egypt!

Unconstitutional restrictions upon defense lawyers had been introduced
in the form of new prison administrative procedures called Special
Administrative Measures or SAMS. These measures required attorneys to
agree not to disseminate information pertaining to their clients.

Thus, while the government uses the Press without restraint to
orchestrate official propaganda promoting prosecutorial claims, defense
lawyers are to be denied the right to use the press to advocate for
their clients and to present their clients opinions and ideas.

The sole penalty for violating these arbitrary administrative
restrictions upon the constitutional rights of defense attorneys is that
the prison can deny access by the lawyer to the defendant until the
matter is resolved.

Even these SAMS ? designed to muzzle lawyers and prevent them from
exercising their free speech rights and to restrict illegally their
ability to defend their clients in the public arena ? are strictly
administrative rules.

To defy them ? as Ramsey Clark and Abdeen Jabbar elected to do ? no less
than Lynne Stewart - carries no legal consequences for the attorney. To
breach these administrative restraints is not a crime or an act for
which the perpetrator can be charged or prosecuted.

Yet in a mockery of the entire judicial process, the Second Circuit
Appellate Judges have deployed the breach of these prison administrative
rulings as a major crime ? one of ?enhancing terrorism? and of ?perjury?
for which decades of imprisonment are in order!

The comments by judges in the Second Circuit are without even the
pretence of a judicial or legal basis. They are political rants and
reckless threats to Judge Koeltl demanding that he increase the28 month
sentence of Lynne Stewart to decades in prison.

The statements by several Second Circuit Judges are injudicious,
hysterical assertions that the Sheikh is one of the most dangerous
terrorists in the world. The Second Circuit judges cite a speech that
Lynne Stewart gave to a public meeting of law students ? patent hearsay
derived from newspaper reports - in which Lynne is quoted as stating
that she had done nothing wrong in advocating for her client and would
do it again.

Second Circuit Judges assert that their statements are ?a wink and a
nod? to Judge Koeltl, letting him understand that unless he increases
the sentence of Lynne Stewart to decades in prison, the U.S. government
will appeal again and send the case right back to the Second Circuit, at
which time these Second Circuit judges will take matters into their own
hands and mandate a sentence of decades in prison.

On the basis of this speech, these judges label Lynne a ?recidivist
enhancer of terror? and a ?perjurer.? Rarely has their been so brazen an
abandonment of judicial impartiality and respect for the law as
exhibited by these hanging judges of the Second Circuit.

It is a measure of the subversion of the entire judicial process and of
constitutional protections and basic democratic rights that these judges
emulate Alice in Wonderland with scarcely veiled threats to Judge Koeltl
as they proclaim ?Off with her head!?

Lynne Stewart at 70 years of age has survived cancer, suffers from high
blood pressure, has been deprived of her medication and denied the
surgery that was scheduled prior to her being remanded to prison in a
crass display of contempt for common decency.

The Second Circuit judges revoked her bail in November 2009 ignoring the
fact that her Appeal remains under review and a potential Appeal to the
Supreme Court is pending.

* *

* *Mobilize in defense of Lynne Stewart and against the architecture
of the fascist State under rapid construction in America.*
* *Proclaim that Lynne Stewart?s is the Dreyfus Case of our time and
that today as then a criminal state wages wars of genocide abroad
and authoritarian repression at home while seeking to scapegoat a
heroic defender of the oppressed, thus betraying the legacy of the
American revolution.*

* *

* *Organize large numbers of people to gather outside and inside
Judge Koeltl?s Courtroom at 500 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan
when Lynne Stewart is scheduled to be re-sentenced on July 15.*

* *

* *Write personal letters to Judge Koeltl opposing the destruction
of democratic rights and the threat to all attorneys embodied in
the reckless persecution and prosecution of Lynne Stewart*

* *

* *Remind the Judge that Lynne Stewart has, in his own words, been a
national treasure reflecting a lifetime of devoted public service
and that he should treat her accordingly and reserve draconian
sentencing for the torturers and the wagers of wars of aggression.*

* *

* *Call upon Judge Koeltl to defy attempts by judges on the Second
Circuit to usurp his own proper judgment and jurisdiction by
dictating a vengeful sentence that is a death sentence upon the
U.S. constitution.*

* *

* *Write accordingly directly to: The Honorable Judge John G.
Koeltl, United States District Judge, Southern District of New
York, 500 Pearl Street, New York, N.Y. 10013.*

* *

* *Email copies of your letter to Judge Koeltl to Ralph Poynter and
Lynne Stewart at Ralph.Poynter@yahoo.com
<mailto:Ralph.Poynter@yahoo.com> (Ralph.Poynter@yahoo.com) / info@lynnestewart.org
<mailto:info@lynnestewart.org> (info@lynnestewart.org)./takingaim@pacbell.net and obtain
ongoing information.*

* *

* *Mail a copy of your letter to Judge Koeltl to the Lynne Stewart
Defense Committee at 350 Broadway, Suite 700, N.Y., N.Y. 10013*

Austin Kelley
03-29-2010, 01:42 PM
I'm certainly not for state repression, but I've got to admit that I've got unresolved questions about this case.

Wasn't the "blind cleric" aided and abetted by elements of the American Cryptocracy, as for example to even get his visa to come and organize out of the mosque in Jersey City?

And isn't Ramsey Clark, despite his lefty credentials, someone who we really should be concerned about?

Magda Hassan
03-30-2010, 12:56 AM
I'm certainly not for state repression, but I've got to admit that I've got unresolved questions about this case.

Wasn't the "blind cleric" aided and abetted by elements of the American Cryptocracy, as for example to even get his visa to come and organize out of the mosque in Jersey City?

And isn't Ramsey Clark, despite his lefty credentials, someone who we really should be concerned about?
Yep. There are many questions. I know Ramsey Clark has not always been what he is now and what is he now anyway? His role in the JFK area was quite different to what he did in the NATO attack on Yugoslavia just for one glaring difference. Your reference to the 'blind cleric' and the cryptocracy is, I think, why Lynne Stewart is in jail. She and others say that the operation, like many others, was an FBI job. They supplied the plan, the material to carry out the plan. Everything. They want her silenced and disappeared. Like all others who dare to say the Emperor Has No Clothes and point to the secret government.

Ed Jewett
03-30-2010, 04:56 AM
Last I heard, the accused in the American court of justice is entitled to a fair defense under the principles of court and case management as evolved over time. But that was some time ago; I think Joe Friday was the Attorney General then. Since then, the American system of justice has been eroded incrementally ... and we are in a "place" in which this lawyer may be named in such a way so as to be disappeared to a "black" prison, waterboarded and otherwise tortured, her mind destroyed, or her life even taken ... all without recourse.

Hallelujah, and pass the remote; some vapid drug-addled Disney adolescent is due to come out and shake her booty any minute now.

Peter Lemkin
03-30-2010, 05:59 AM
I'm certainly not for state repression, but I've got to admit that I've got unresolved questions about this case.

Wasn't the "blind cleric" aided and abetted by elements of the American Cryptocracy, as for example to even get his visa to come and organize out of the mosque in Jersey City?

And isn't Ramsey Clark, despite his lefty credentials, someone who we really should be concerned about?
Yep. There are many questions. I know Ramsey Clark has not always been what he is now and what is he now anyway? His role in the JFK area was quite different to what he did in the NATO attack on Yugoslavia just for one glaring difference. Your reference to the 'blind cleric' and the cryptocracy is, I think, why Lynne Stewart is in jail. She and others say that the operation, like many others, was an FBI job. They supplied the plan, the material to carry out the plan. Everything. They want her silenced and disappeared. Like all others who dare to say the Emperor Has No Clothes and point to the secret government.

There is NO reason to doubt the integrity of Lynne Stewart nor her innocence in this case. You should listen to her describe how she saw and acted in this case - to give her client the best legal defense possible. She didn't take sides. Our system of justice depends on the lawyer after taking a case to do their best to represent their client - which she tried to do. Yes, there are many complexities with the larger case and personalities, but not with Stewart. One only needs to look at the caliber of persons who have come to support her to see what is really going on here. This is an attempt to silence lawyers who would even think to take cases of persons labeled as terrorists. It is meant to have a chilling effect on all good lawyers who'd dare defend a declared enemy of the American State - which easily could be me....or some of you. The Center For Constitution Rights and the cream of the progressive legal profession are backing her. Take a look at her defense committee website and reconsider your doubts.

Peter Lemkin
07-19-2010, 12:22 PM
A shocking injustice, perhaps a death sentence

Reported by Stephen Lendman
Date: July 17, 2010
Subject: Justice and Judges

Darkness in America: Lynne Stewart's Resentencing - by Stephen Lendman

Describing Lynne, one of this writer's previous articles said the following:

She worked selfishly, tirelessly, and heroically for 30 years as a human rights champion, defending America's poor, underprivileged, and unwanted - people never afforded due process and judicial fairness without an advocate like her. She knew the risks, yet took them courageously until bogusly indicted on April 9, 2002 for:

--"conspiring to defraud the United States;

-- conspiring to provide and conceal material support to terrorist activity;

-- providing and concealing material support to terrorist activity; and

-- two counts of making false statements."

Detailed information can be gotten from this writer's previous articles, accessed through the following links:






A brief timeline was as follows:

-- indicted on April 9, 2002;

-- on February 10, 2005, convicted on all counts;

-- on October, 17, 2006, sentenced to 28 months;

-- on November 17, 2009, a US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit three-judge panel upheld the conviction, shamelessly accusing Lynne of "knowingly and willfully making false statements," redirecting her case to District Court Judge John Koeltl for resentencing, instructing him to consider enhancements for terrorism, perjury, and abuse of her position as a lawyer - an outrageous mandate intimidating Koeltl to comply.

-- on November 19, 2009, Stewart jailed at MCC-NY, 150 Park Row, New York, NY; and

-- on July 15, 2010, Stewart resentenced to 10 years imprisonment for doing her job honorably, ethically, and admirably with distinction for 30 years.

New York Times writer John Eligon headlined the news, saying:

"Sentence Is Sharply Increased for Lawyer Convicted of Aiding Terror," adding:

After her sentence, a "collective gasp went up from (her) supporters, who packed the broad, high-ceilinged courtroom....followed by a few shrieks and sobs; some held their hands over their mouths."

Allowed to speak, Lynne said:

"I'm somewhat stunned, Judge, by the swift change in my outlook. We will continue to struggle on to take all available options to do what we need to do to change this. I feel like I let a lot of my good people down," after which supporters shouted, "We love you!"

Stewart added: "Over the last eight months, prison has diminished me. Daily, I confront the prospect of death."

So does her husband, Ralph Poynter, calling it "a death sentence," - a shocking miscarriage of justice, symbolizing America's descent to hell, its moral remnants lost, its democracy a convenient illusion, its despotic reality ruthless, corrupted, brutish and merciless, favoring power over populism under a Constitution political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as "conscripted to serve as (its) apprentice rather than its conscience."

On July 16, New York Law Journal's Mark Hamblett headlined, "Lynne Stewart Gets a New 10-Year Prison Sentence," saying:

Koeltl imposed a longer sentence, saying "comments by Stewart in 2006, including a statement in a television interview that she would do 'it' again and would not 'do anything differently' influenced his decision....indicat(ing) the original sentence 'was not sufficient' to reflect the goals of sentencing guidelines."

Forgotten were Koeltl's October 2006 comment, calling Lynne's character "extraordinary," saying she was "a credit to her profession," and that a long imprisonment would be "an unreasonable result," citing "the somewhat atypical nature of her case (and) lack of evidence that any victim was harmed...."

Calling terrorism enhancement "dramatically unreasonable (because it grossly) overstate(d) the seriousness of (her) conduct (and would equate her with) repeat felony offenders for the most serious offenses including murder and drug trafficking."

He did consider Stewart's age (70), her health (poor), her distinguished career representing society's disadvantaged and unwanted, and the unlikelihood she'd commit another "crime."

"But (he) clearly got the message from the 2nd Circuit," and complied, his own career perhaps on the line otherwise.

The American Bar Association's Model Code of Judicial Conduct

Updated in February 2007, its preamble calls for:

-- "An independent, fair and impartial judiciary," calling it "indispensable to our system of justice, (composed of) men and women of integrity;

-- Judges should....at all times (ensure) the greatest possible public confidence in their independence, impartiality, integrity, and competence;

-- The Model Code....establishes standards (of) ethical conduct, (including) overarching principles of judicial ethics (and fairness), consistent with constitutional requirements, statutes, other court rules, and decisional law, and with due regard for all relevant circumstances;" above all, the truth, not a corrupted prosecutorial version of it, the kind sending innocent people to prison, including society's best, none better than Lynne.

Mark the date - July 15, 2010, a day of infamy, activist/writer Elaine Brower saying "The Veil is Lifted, The Gloves Are off," Stewart's lynching showing America's true face - cruel, unfair, lawless and debauched, a nation no longer fit to live in.

A Final Note

Jeff Mackler, West Coast Director of the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, reports she'll "serve her sentence in Danbury, Connecticut's minimum security prison....a brilliant and dedicated fighter sacrificed on the alter of an intolerant class-biased system of repression and war."

A giant among us, she won't be forgotten, a Supreme Court appeal expected, despite little chance for compassion or judicial fairness, qualities absent in the Roberts court.

Peter Lemkin
07-21-2010, 10:30 AM
May I humbly suggest you rummage around here (http://lynnestewart.org/) and what the Center for Constitutional Rights [and other such] say about her. She was set-up and she was made an example of, so that progressive lawyers would be afraid to defend you or me....only 'defense' now is 'allowed' for those who would move ahead with the New Pearl Harbors initiatives for a Police State and Nation of Fear :adore:

Keith Millea
07-22-2010, 04:32 PM
This is an interview from 2004

Guns and Butter - "Lynne Stewart: In Her Own Words"

Bonnie Faulkner interviews criminal defense attorney, Lynne Stewart, before the start of her trial in 2004. In the first half of the program Lynne Stewart explains the government's case against her client, Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman. In the second half of the program she describes her own arrest and the charges brought against her in her legal representation of him.


Peter Lemkin
07-22-2010, 05:49 PM
That Lynn Stewart could be sentenced to ten years in prison for doing nothing more than her job as it is expected to be done....lets me know that if I do my job 'as expected' I can expect the same, in the worst case.....as can you....wake up!

Magda Hassan
07-08-2012, 08:53 AM
Court Confirms Ten-Year Sentence for Lynne Stewart
By Jeff Mackler, Justice for Lynne Stewart04 July 12 http://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/alphabet/rsn-T.jpghe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today confirmed the 2010 decision of Federal District Court Judge John Koeltl to change his 28-month jail sentence for radical attorney and human rights activist, Lynne Stewart, to ten years. The court’s June 28, 2012 decision was not unexpected.Following federal prosecutors’ appeal of what was widely considered a “lenient sentence,” the Second Circuit all but ordered a compliant Koeltl to re-sentence Stewart and harshly. Koeltl did just that, forcing Stewart to appeal to the very court that originally pressured Koeltl, in what was widely considered a “career decision” to do Stewart great harm.Stewart was convicted at an outrageous 2005 New York frame-up trial on five counts of conspiracy to aid and abet and provide material support to terrorism. Her crime? Representing the “blind Sheik,” the Egyptian cleric, Omar Abdel Rachman, who had also been convicted on trumphed-up conspiracy charges. Stewart issued a press release from her client stating his views on how Egyptian Muslim oppositionists should react to the ongoing crimes and murders of Egypt’s then President Hosni Mubarak.Stewart was convicted of violating a vaguely-worded court-ordered SAM (Special Administrative Measure) that barred her from revealing her client’s opinions. The penalty for such violations had traditionally been a mild slap on the wrist, perhaps a warning to not repeat the “violation” and to bar attorney-client visits for a few months. Barring an unlikely Supreme Court reversal, she will now serve her ten-year sentence with perhaps a one-year or ten percent reduction for “good behavior.” She is presently incarcerated at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.Koeltl’s original 28-month sentence statement, in the face of federal prosecutors demanding 30 years, noted that Stewart, known for representing the poor and oppressed for three decades with little financial remuneration, was a “credit to the legal profession.” Stewart served as lead counsel for her client along with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who testified on her behalf during the trial. Clark himself had issued similar press releases with no punishment. Indeed, an indignant prosecutor during Stewart’s trial suggested that Clark himself be charged with conspiracy, but his superiors decided that imprisoning the nation’s former top attorney was not yet in their game plan and the suggestion was ignored.The Second Circuit decision was based on the allegations that Stewart demonstrated insufficient deference to the original sentence. The court claimed that her statement to the media immediately following her sentence that, “I can do 28 months standing on my head,” demonstrated contempt for the legal system. I was standing next to Stewart at that moment and saw nothing other than a great expression of relief that she would not be sentenced, in effect to death, based on the 30 years that federal prosecutors sought. Stewart entered the sentencing hearing on that day, totally ignorant of whether her sentence would be the deeply punishing 30 years demanded by the federal prosecutors or perhaps something that she, 70 years old at the time, could “live with” and look forward to a normal life after having served the time. She carried nothing but a plastic bag, some medicines and a toothbrush.The Second Circuit also too umbrage at Stewart’s courageous statement when she took the stand to make her closing remarks at her trial. Her attorney at that time, Michael Tiger, asked, referring to Stewart’s issuing the press release on her client’s behalf, “Lynne, if you had to do it all over again would you do the same thing?” With a tear in her eye, Stewart stated, “I would hope that I would have the courage to do it again” She paused and continued, “I would do it again.” Stewart also insisted that her sworn duty to represent her client had to weighed against the formalities of laws or court orders that prevented such diligent representation.This refusal to bow to authority, to show the “required deference” to legal bullies with power, outraged her persecutors, who sought vengeance in the rigged criminal “justice” system.Stewart’s now rejected appeal argued three essential points:I. In relying on Lynne Stewart’s public statements to enhance the original sentence of 28 months, her First Amendment rights were abridged
II. The fourfold increase in the sentence was substantively unreasonable and failed to balance her lifetime of contribution to the community and country with the criminal act of which she was convicted.
III. The Judge’s findings of Perjury and Misuse of her position as an Attorney on which he also based the increase, were error.“Free Lynne Stewart” must remain the rallying cry of all those who cherish civil liberties and democratic rights. Stewart, like so many others, but perhaps among the first tier, was a victim of the government-promoted malicious and murderous “war on terror” aimed at stifling all dissent and imprisoning the innocent to justify its wars against working people at home and against the oppressed and exploited across the globe.Jeff Mackler is the West Coast Coordinator of the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee

Peter Lemkin
07-08-2012, 10:01 AM
Injustice at its American 'best'...a very sad case and a sad and unfair judgment. Those who try to defend those the USA doesn't want defended are now subject to the same lack of defense, lack of legal rights, due process or judicial unfairness. It was a warning to all lawyers to not even think to defend those the US charges as terrorists - or you'll automatically be labeled one yourself. It has sent its chilling winds to all but the bravest of attorneys.

Magda Hassan
07-08-2013, 07:26 AM
Click HERE (http://iacenter.org/LynneStewartPetition/#signform) to send a message to President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Samuels, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secy Gen Ban, and members of the media saying you want Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart NOW!Appeal from Lynne Stewart's spouse Ralph Poynter and family:Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to the oppressed – a constant advocate for the countless many deprived in the United States of their freedom and their rights.
Unjustly charged and convicted for the “crime” of providing her client with a fearless defense, the prosecution of Lynne Stewart is an assault upon the basic freedoms of us all.
After many years of post-conviction freedom, her bail was revoked arbitrarily and her imprisonment ordered, precluding surgery she had scheduled in a major New York hospital.
The sinister meaning of the relentless persecution of Lynne Stewart is unmistakably clear. Given her age and precarious health, the ten- year sentence she is now serving is a virtual death sentence.
Since her imprisonment in the Federal Prison in Carswell, Texas her urgent need for surgery was delayed 18 months – so long, that the operating physician pronounced the condition as “the worst he had seen.”
Now, breast cancer, which had been in remission prior to her imprisonment, has appeared in her lymph nodes, on her shoulder, in her bones and her lungs – and has reached Stage Four.
Her daughter, a doctor, has sounded the alarm: “Under the best of circumstances, Lynne would be in a battle of the most serious consequences with dangerous odds. With cancer and cancer treatment, the complications can be as debilitating and as dangerous as the cancer itself.”
In her current setting, where trips to physicians involve attempting to walk with 10 pounds of shackles on her wrists and ankles, with connecting chains, Lynne Stewart has lacked ready access to physicians and specialists under conditions compatible with medical success.
It can take weeks to see a medical provider in prison conditions. It can take weeks to report physical changes and learn the results of treatment; and when held in the hospital, Lynne has been shackled wrist and ankle to the bed.
This medieval “shackling” has vanishingly little to do with any appropriate prison control. She is obviously not an escape risk.
We demand abolition of this practice for all prisoners, let alone those facing surgery and the urgent necessity of care and recovery.
It amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, violative of human rights.
There is immediate remedy available for Lynne Stewart. Under the 1984 Sentencing Act, after a prisoner request, the Bureau of Prisons can file a motion with the Court to reduce sentences “for extraordinary and compelling reasons.” Life threatening illness is foremost among these and Lynne Stewart meets every rational and humane criterion for compassionate release.
To misconstrue the gravamen of this compassionate release by conditioning such upon being at death’s door – released, if at all, solely to die – is a cruel mockery converting a prison sentence, wholly undeserved, into a death sentence.
The New York Times, in an editorial (2/12), has excoriated the Bureau of Prisons for their restrictive crippling of this program. In a 20-year period, the Bureau released a scant 492 persons – an average of 24 a year out of a population that exceeds 220,000.
We cry out against the bureaucratic murder of Lynne Stewart.
We demand Lynne Stewart’s immediate release to receive urgent medical care in a supportive environment indispensable to the prospect of her survival and call upon the Bureau of Prisons to act immediately.
If Lynne’s original sentence of 28 months had not been unreasonably, punitively increased to 10 years, she would be home now—where her medical care would be by her choice and where those who love her best would care for her. Her isolation from this loving care would end.
Prevent this cruelty to Lynne Stewart whose lifelong commitment to justice is now a struggle for her life. Free Lynne Stewart Now! Call for Lynne Stewart's "Compassionate Release" NOW!

Please also write to Lynne with expressions of concern and wishes for strength and health, at:
Lynne Stewart #53504-054
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
PO Box 27137
Ft. Worth, TX 76127

For more information and latest updates, go to LynneStewart.org (http://www.lynnestewart.org/)

Sign the petition here for the Compassionate Release of Lynne Stewart (scroll down to see petition text)
Petition here (http://iacenter.org/LynneStewartPetition/)

Peter Lemkin
07-08-2013, 07:54 AM
This is a very sad 'story' of Gross Injustice. Stewart was a defender of the rights of those denied it throughout her life. She was set-up and used as an example to scare other lawyers from even thinking of defending those accused of 'terrorism'. Forget the 'innocent until proven guilty' or 'right to defense attorney to protect one's rights and facilitate a just legal process. Lynn herself has cancer, which has now metastasized and she is not expected to live much longer - but no compassionate reduction of her sentence will be allowed - not even confinement to her own home or a hospital. The brutal regime in control now shows no mercy - less so for those who are bleeding hearts who'd help the underdog. Pleas sign the petition, without a massive response, Lynn will soon die a horrible death in a maximum security facility - despite never having done any wrong but defend her client to the best of her ability, and as is under the Constitution everyone's right. Wrong.

Dawn Meredith
07-08-2013, 12:18 PM
This is outrageous and should strike fear in the heart of every criminal defense attorney in this country.

Of course I wonder how many are even aware. Not like this receives coverage in the MSM or the monthly Bar Journal.


Magda Hassan
08-01-2013, 03:02 AM
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National Lawyers Guild

Message from Lynne Stewart, 7/25/13

To All:

By Now we will have filed papers which take us back into Federal Court in New York City to request that Judge Koeltl overturn the barbaric decision by the Bureau of Prisons and allow me to leave this empty loveless Prison and go home to People and Places familiar and beloved. I certainly am sick enough--even my oncologist revised her prognosis down to 18 months now. However, my spirit remains undaunted and when I compare myself to other far worse off than I am--the Guantanamo and Pelican Bay prisoners, Marie Mason, Afra Siddiqui, Hugo Yogi Pinell, those under death Penalty like Kevin Cooper, the remaining Angola 2, Ruchel Magee and my fellow New Yorkers Jalil, Sekou, Herman, Seth, David, Abdul --let me stop before I choke up here... I know we MUST win my fight and the struggle for all other political prisoners to be freed. And then we must struggle for all to be free in this country.

How much can we, the People, take? Their austerity is barbaric cruelty with food stamps gone and public housing unavailable, permanently. How long can the 1% continue to rule and the corporations call the shots? There is so much wrong but we are not allowed to despair since we have been given sight in this land of the blind and hopeless and heartless, So, that said, let's once again get out there as often as needs be--for all the causes, for all the humanity. for the future. Forward, ever Forward !!

Peter Lemkin
08-08-2013, 06:08 PM
"I Do Not Want to Die in Prison": Cancer-Stricken Lawyer Lynne Stewart Seeks Compassionate Release
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Ralph Poynter (http://www.democracynow.org/appearances/ralph_poynter), Lynne Stewart’s husband of 50 years. He visits her regularly.

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Lawyers for imprisoned attorney Lynne Stewart head to federal court today to seek her release from prison. Now 73 years old, Stewart is dying from cancer in a Texas prison. Last month, Stewart’s treating physician in prison estimated her life expectancy is approximately 18 months. This comes after the Federal Bureau of Prisons denied Stewart’s request for early release — a denial her lawyers are appealing and hope to address today in a hearing before her original sentencing judge, Judge John Koeltl. In 2010, Stewart was sentenced to 10 years in prison for passing messages from her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, to his followers in Egypt. In a letter to Judge Koeltl, Stewart wrote: "I do not intend to go 'gently into that good night' as Dylan Thomas wrote. There is much to be done in this world. I do know that I do not want to die here in prison — a strange and loveless place. I want to be where all is familiar — in a word, home. ... I have no grandiose plans — just good food, conversation, music. That is what I look forward to. And of course, my beloved husband Ralph — my hero and help, my heart, through all the last 50 years. I need him and his strength and love now to be close to me as I get ready for the nearing moments of transition and then rest. If you indeed represent the merciful hand of the law, as against, in this case, a heartless bureaucracy, do not punish me further. Grant me release and allow me to die in dignity." We speak to her husband Ralph Poynter, her daughter Zenobia Brown, and her attorney Jill Shellow.

Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: We turn to the case of the longtime civil rights attorney who is fighting for her life—behind bars. Lynne Stewart has long been known as an attorney who championed unpopular clients who she felt should be fairly represented in court. This includes Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, often referred to as the blind sheikh, who was convicted of conspiring to blow up the U.N. and other landmarks in New York City. In 2010, Lynne Stewart was sentenced to 10 years in prison for passing messages from the sheikh to his followers.
Now 73 years old, she is dying from cancer in a Texas prison. Last month, Lynne Stewart’s treating physician in the prison estimated her life expectancy is approximately 18 months. This came after the Federal Bureau of Prisons denied Stewart’s request for early release, a denial her lawyers are appealing and hope to address today in a hearing before her original sentencing judge, Judge John Koeltl.
Before we’re joined by one of her lawyers, along with Lynne Stewart’s husband and daughter, who is a doctor, I want to read from a letter who wrote to Judge—a letter that Lynne Stewart wrote to the judge that Democracy Now! obtained a copy of. Stewart wrote, in part, quote, "I do not intend to go 'gently into that good night' as Dylan Thomas wrote. There is much to be done in this world. I do know that I do not want to die here in prison—a strange and loveless place. I want to be where all is familiar—in a word, home. ... I have no grandiose plans—just good food, conversation, music. That is what I look forward to. And of course, my beloved husband Ralph—my hero and help, my heart, through all the last 50 years. I need him and his strength and love now to be close to me as I get ready for the nearing moments of transition and then rest. If you indeed represent the merciful hand of the law, as against, in this case, a heartless bureaucracy, do not punish me further. Grant me release and allow me to die in dignity." That was what Lynne Stewart wrote to the judge who will hear arguments today in federal court for her compassionate release.
This is Lynne Stewart in 2009 when she spoke to Democracy Now! in her last broadcast interview (http://www.democracynow.org/2009/11/18/exclusive_civil_rights_attorney_lynne_stewart) before beginning her prison sentence. Lynne Stewart explained the background of the case and why she had been charged.

LYNNE STEWART: I represented Sheikh Omar at trial—that was in 1995—along with Ramsey Clark and Abdeen Jabara. I was lead trial counsel. He was convicted in September of ’95, sentenced to a life prison plus a hundred years, or some sort—one of the usual outlandish sentences. We continued, all three of us, to visit him while he was in jail—he was a political client; that means that he is targeted by the government—and because it is so important to prisoners to be able to have access to their lawyers.

Sometime in 1998, I think maybe it was, they imposed severe restrictions on him. That is, his ability to communicate with the outside world, to have interviews, to be able to even call his family, was limited by something called special administrative measures. The lawyers were asked to sign on for these special administrative measures and warned that if these measures were not adhered to, they could indeed lose contact with their client—in other words, be removed from his case.

In 2000, I visited the sheikh, and he asked me to make a press release. This press release had to do with the current status of an organization that at that point was basically defunct, the Gama’a al-Islamiyya. And I agreed to do that. In May of—maybe it was later than that. Sometime in 2000, I made the press release.

Interestingly enough, we found out later that the Clinton administration, under Janet Reno, had the option to prosecute me, and they declined to do so, based on the notion that without lawyers like me or the late Bill Kunstler or many that I could name, the cause of justice is not well served. They need the gadflies.

So, at any rate, they made me sign onto the agreement again not to do this. They did not stop me from representing him. I continued to represent him.

And it was only after 9/11, in April of 2002, that John Ashcroft came to New York, announced the indictment of me, my paralegal and the interpreter for the case, on grounds of materially aiding a terrorist organization. One of the footnotes to the case, of course, is that Ashcroft also appeared on nationwide television with Letterman that night ballyhooing the great work of Bush’s Justice Department in indicting.
AMY GOODMAN: That was Lynne Stewart speaking in 2009 on Democracy Now! in her last broadcast interview before beginning her prison sentence. She has served 46 months so far of her 10-year sentence. That’s just shy of four years.
For more, we are joined by Jill Shellow, one of the lead attorneys for Stewart who will be in court today. We’re also joined by Lynne’s husband, Ralph Poynter, and her daughter, Dr. Zenobia Brown, who is a hospice and palliative care specialist with a master’s in public health. We asked prison officials if Lynne herself could join us by telephone from the Fort Carswell Federal Prison, but they did not respond to our requests. Our producer, Renée Feltz, visited her a few weeks ago, when we did our report (http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/14/jailed_civil_rights_attorney_lynne_stewart) on her from the prison.
We welcome all of you to Democracy Now! Let’s begin—Ralph Poynter, your wife, Lynne, in prison, you visited her last week.
AMY GOODMAN: Talk about the significance of today’s hearing.
RALPH POYNTER: Well, it is possible that Lynne would be released by the judge. It is possible that he will reserve decision. There are many possibilities. It is possible that he would agree with the prosecution. We do not know.
We are showing support by massing people in front of the courtroom, in the courtroom. The 20,000 signatures that came in to support Lynne’s compassionate release, a number—many people around the world, in Brazil—you name the country, we have a letter from that particular area. And so, there are many people who understand the injustice that’s taking place here, and many people have signed on in support of Lynne in her struggle for liberation.
AMY GOODMAN: I want to read a letter from the Federal Bureau of Prisons Assistant Director Kathleen Kenney, dated June 24th, in which she denied Lynne Stewart’s request for compassionate release. She wrote, quote, "To date, she has been responding well to treatment. Ms. Stewart is ambulatory and independent in her Activities of Daily Living. While her illness is very serious, she is not suffering from a condition that is terminal within 18 months. Accordingly, Ms. Stewart does not present circumstances considered to be extraordinary and compelling to merit RIS at this time," unquote.
Now I want to compare that to the prognosis given by Lynne Stewart’s treating physician before she went into prison. Dr. Grossbard wrote in July 2012, about a year ago, quote, "The fact that Ms. Stewart’s disease has progressed on therapy along with the decline in her overall performance status and medical condition suggests [that] her survival will be less than 12 months at this time."
If—Jill Shellow, you’re Lynne Stewart’s attorney. She was denied compassionate release. Is this your last chance today with Judge Koeltl, the original judge in her case?
JILL SHELLOW: I hope not. I think it’s going to be part of a process. Lynne has—as a letter that you started—that you started to read from Kathy Kenney at the Bureau of Prisons says, if your circumstances change, you may seek reconsideration. Lynne has sought reconsideration of that denial. I believe that Judge Koeltl will hear us today. And while he could rule today, I believe it’s also possible that we will—that we will appear before him again at least once before this matter is resolved.
AMY GOODMAN: I also want to get response to a comment made by Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who was Lynne Stewart’s adversary during the 1995 trial of Mr. Abdel Rahman. He said he had no problem with the idea that prisoners like Abdel Rahman, who are serving life sentences for heinous offenses, should have to die in prison. But regarding Lynne Stewart’s case, he said, quote, "As a private citizen who was very fond of Lynne when we dealt with each other, I prefer to keep my thoughts to myself and my prayers for Lynne and her family." I want to turn to Lynne’s daughter, to Dr. Zenobia Brown. What will happen if Lynne were to be released? How will she be cared for?
DR. ZENOBIA BROWN: She would probably continue with the same treatment she’s been getting in prison. I think the piece that most people are not sort of cognizant of is that at this stage of cancer there is no cure. So, basically, it is a battle for time. And at this point, she is losing that battle, and that is clear. That is why it was so shocking when the BOP denied her compassionate release based on really what was not the case. There were 200 pages of medical records that went into—that went up to Washington and that would appear that none of them were reviewed, that no specialist in palliative care or no one who has any prognostic background looked at a single document.
AMY GOODMAN: You are a special in palliative—a specialist in palliative care?
DR. ZENOBIA BROWN: Right, and people facing life-limiting illness. So, just sort of looking through it, they literally made this decision based on a single physician’s comment that the patient was responding well. No doctor in this country is really trained to deal out justice. And basically, the entire case of whether my mother would be released or not was on a two-sentence letter from her treating oncologist. So, just the—sort of the injustice of that and the fact that there really was no sort of objective party looking at this data is—it really is mind-boggling.
AMY GOODMAN: I want to read part of a 2012 report by Human Rights Watch on compassionate release in U.S. federal prisons. Quote, "Although we do not know how many prisoners have asked the [Bureau of Prisons, or] BOP to make motions on their behalf—because the BOP does not keep such records—we do know the BOP rarely does so. The federal prison system houses over 218,000 prisoners, yet in 2011, the BOP filed only 30 motions for early release, and between January 1 and November 15, 2012, it filed 37. Since 1992, the annual average number of prisoners who received compassionate release has been less than two dozen. Compassionate release is conspicuous for its absence." Dr. Zenobia Brown, could you respond to that? And, I mean, it’s quite remarkable that you are a hospice physician.
DR. ZENOBIA BROWN: The irony is shocking. Really, I mean, it almost is a no-brainer. The BOP has no interest in releasing prisoners. I mean, that’s not their business. Their business is sort of heads in the beds. So to put them in charge of deciding whether or not these cases even get presented is—I mean, there’s no one who would sort of support that that’s the way this should be done. And also, this sort of arbitrary increase from 12 months to 18 months, there’s no medical foundation for. There’s no sort of—research is not done on a 12- to 18-month basis, so that’s also completely arbitrary. And in mom’s case, basically, the physicians, who are visiting with her in Carswell every day, see her losing 20 pounds, supported her compassionate release, only to have it denied at—
AMY GOODMAN: The prison warden supported compassionate release.
DR. ZENOBIA BROWN: Yeah. So, to sort of then have it denied at this higher level is just—it’s heinous, and it is cruel and unusual.
AMY GOODMAN: How would you care for her if she were released?
DR. ZENOBIA BROWN: It’s doing all of those thing—I mean, I think anyone who has battled cancer knows that just being treated for cancer outside of prison is cruel and unusual. It is very difficult. It is trying physically. It is trying emotionally. There are some basic things, like, for example, when she’s in prison and has sort of life-threatening low blood counts, sort of nothing is done. She has no place to go. There’s no recourse. There’s no one to call. There’s no one to treat her. So she could, as she has seen her cell mates die horrible deaths with no medical care—so the difference is vast, meaning, if she got a fever, we would take her to the emergency room, we would take her to a doctor. If she has pain, we will make sure she’s not—I mean, she has metastatic disease to the bone—make sure that she’s not having pain in the middle of the night; make sure that—she has, you know, pleural effusions, which is fluid on her lungs—make sure that she can breathe. You know, I mean, it’s so basic. I mean, it’s just humanitarian. We’re not talking about, you know, sort of wild and outrageous treatments. It’s just basic, compassionate care.
AMY GOODMAN: Ralph, if you could talk about your visits to her in prison and the comment that she’s living a fine, independent life within the walls of the prison.
RALPH POYNTER: That is—Lynne calls it a misstatement. I call it a total lie, because Lynne does nothing for herself. Everything is done for her. She sits in a bed. In a prison, you have to make your own bed. Lynne does not have to. She does not take long walks. The prison brings her food. Everything is done for her as she sits. And so, for them to say that she can take care of herself is just outrageous. And obviously she does not. She looks to have a walker. To walk around the visiting room is a chore. And, of course, in prison, they don’t like you to be close, and so we don’t walk, because she holds on to walk. And it’s—for them to make a statement like that, that she’s improving, and when we all know that her lungs are being clogged, this is dangerous, a dangerous situation, and the prison wants her dead. I don’t call them "prisons" anymore; I call them "death camps."
AMY GOODMAN: Jill Shellow, what will you be arguing in court?
JILL SHELLOW: That the Bureau of Prisons failure to make the motion, failure to come to court and ask that her sentence be reduced is, in and of itself, a constitutional violation. It gives Judge Koeltl the authority, both that combined with—with the great habeas writ. He has the power to reduce her sentence or vacate her sentence. There are exceptional and compelling circumstances. That’s beyond doubt. The government—the United States attorney’s office doesn’t dispute that she’s dying. It doesn’t dispute that at this point her doctor says that she has less than 18 months to live. It doesn’t dispute that the warden and the doctors who have been caring for her at Carswell believe that she should be released. There is no excuse. None. And that’s the argument.
AMY GOODMAN: I remember, you know, covering this case all of the years that Lynne was going through this in court, and that moment when she came out on the courthouse steps, this very controversial moment. She had been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. She looks out. Her grandchildren are weeping there. And she is also—I haven’t seen her in prison, but a very funny person, right? She uses humor to comfort people. And seeing people grieving like that, as she was sentenced first to two-and-a-half years, she said something like, "Don’t worry. I can do it standing on my head."
RALPH POYNTER: That is a misstatement. If you go—
AMY GOODMAN: Tell me what she said.
RALPH POYNTER: What she had said, "As many of my clients have said to me when they received a sentence that was less than possible—possibly expected, 'I can do that standing on my head.'" Now that’s a big difference than saying, "I can do that standing on my head." And if you go back and review the tapes, it is very clear what she said. And she began by thanking the judge. And all of this has been skipped by the media, who has lied about what Lynne said.
AMY GOODMAN: So, why this is relevant at all is the fact that Lynne ended up having—being sentenced to 10 years. Can you explain what happened, how she was sentenced to two-and-a-half years, and then 10, Jill Shellow?
JILL SHELLOW: I wish I—I wish I had a good explanation. I can tell you technically how it happened. I can tell you that when Lynne appealed her conviction, the underlying conviction for the conduct, the government cross-appealed her sentence. The conviction was affirmed, and the sentence was vacated, with directions to Judge Koeltl, in no uncertain terms, that the court of appeals thought the 28 months was too lenient. Judge Koeltl then, following what he believed, I’m sure, to be the instructions of the court of appeals, sentenced her to 10 years. The only thing that changed between his first sentence and his second sentence was the statement that Ralph described and the court of appeals opinion. Nothing other than that changed. And that’s one of the issues that’s presently pending in the Supreme Court. Lynne’s—we filed a cert petition on Lynne’s behalf. It was filed earlier this year. It will be conferenced at the end of September. The solicitor general has opposed that, which is surprising only in that the solicitor general does not file very many oppositions. And that will be a question that hopefully the Supreme Court will address.
AMY GOODMAN: What time today is the court hearing? I know that it’s going to be packed.
JILL SHELLOW: Two-thirty.
AMY GOODMAN: And it’s at the?
JILL SHELLOW: Foley Square, 500 Pearl Street.

Peter Lemkin
12-22-2013, 08:09 AM
Lynne Stewart, Our Lady Mandela, in the Season of Giving
By Gary Corseri

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Lynne Stewart
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She is ten feet tall" and dying in her cage.
While Obama and Cameron take "selfies,"
shedding crocodile tears,
our Lady Mandela gazes over
the path she has made by her walking.
After his funeral, American drones
kill fifteen people in Yemen.
(Where in the world is Yemen?)
American shoppers rampage, and trample
those in the aisles of their trinkets.
She said she believed "directed violence"
(just as Mandela had said)
would topple the anarchist State
(engorged by its own helter-skelter
in the best tradition of Manson).
In New York City or Yemen,
with drones or tasers or wars,
the Manifold State is watching,
its "laws" abated by judges,
conducting kangaroo courts.
"Who will judge the judges?"
Juvenal wrote about Rome,
which crucified a preacher
for driving money-changers
out of the House of God.
They slashed his back with lashes,
collapsed his lungs on a crossbow,
then shot him into the sky--
for mourning or redemption,
depending on one's view.
Now It imposes its laws
on a woman wedded to Law,
who fought for the truth of the Law,
to publish it like Luther,
on pain of execrations.
On pain of separation
from family, home, and her Cause.
Even a sentence of cancer
cannot deter her Cause.
She can never betray her Cause.
Over the matricide planet
her thoughts take billowing wing:
the State's cells metastasize
in every corporate prison,
in every farmed-out heart.
Miley Cyrus twerks her ass
in the face of the hubbubbed mob.
Annointed pundits feign disdain,
then tweet pictures", but none
of Lynne alone in her cage.
The "people" scurry like ants,
monitored and surveiled, liable,
without notice, to be snuffed;
emulsified like organic dirt
under the heels of the State--
above the Law, acting in the name of Law,
sanctioning crime and murder,
in the name of marmoreal memes:
"We the People" in "the home of the brave,"
"created equal" in "the land of the free."

"Lynne Stewart: (born October 8, 1939) is aformer attorney who was known for representing controversial, poor, and oftenunpopular defendants. She was convictedon charges of conspiracy and sentenced to 28 months in prison. Her convictionled to her being" disbarred. She was re-sentenced on July 15, 2010, to 10years in prison in light of her alleged perjury at her trial. She is currentlyserving her sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a federal prisonnear Fort Worth, Texas." NOTE-UPDATE: Herbreast cancer has metastasized, and her doctors predict she has about 1 year tolive. Her requests for a "mercy" releasehave been repeatedly denied, despite some 40,000 signatures on a petition forsuch a release.


Magda Hassan
01-01-2014, 12:10 AM
Too little too late but good news in any case. Lynne Stewart is free at last.

U.S. judge releases dying lawyer convicted of aiding terrorism

http://snsimages.tribune.com/media/photo/2013-12/78735331.jpg A police officer puts his arm around disbarred lawyer Lynne Stewart as she arrives at federal court to begin her prison sentence in New York (Chip East Reuters, / December 31, 2013)

Jonathan Stempel Reuters 4:54 p.m. CST, December 31, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday granted Lynne Stewart, a former defense lawyer convicted of aiding terrorism, a "compassionate" release from prison because she is dying of cancer.

Stewart, 74, has been serving a 10-year sentence over her 2005 conviction for helping a client, blind Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, smuggle messages from prison to Egypt's Islamic Group, which the U.S. government had listed as a terrorist organization.

Earlier this year, Stewart asked U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan for early release under a Federal Bureau of Prisons program for terminally ill inmates.

Koeltl, who in August had denied the request, noting that the Bureau of Prisons had not supported it, on Tuesday granted the request, following a recommendation for release from the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Koeltl reduced Stewart's sentence to the time she has already served and ordered Stewart released as soon as her medical condition permits, according to a court filing.

The Bureau of Prisons and Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, had recommended that Stewart be released from the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, and to live in Brooklyn, New York, with her son, a lawyer.

The government said Stewart has Stage IV breast cancer that has metastasized to the lung and bone and is expected to live 18 months or less.

It said her terminal medical condition and limited life expectancy were "extraordinary and compelling reasons" to reduce the sentence and that Stewart posed a "relatively limited" risk of recidivism and danger to the community.

Prior to being disbarred, Stewart had been known for representing controversial defendants, including one-time crime underboss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.

"My client and I are overjoyed that she will be able to spend her remaining days with her family," Jill Shellow, a lawyer for Stewart, said in a phone interview. "It restores my faith in the Department of Justice to do the right thing."

Koeltl imposed the 10-year sentence in 2010 after a federal appeals court found Stewart's original 28-month term too short.

Abdel-Rahman was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York City landmarks, following the 1993 truck bombing at the World Trade Center.

The case is USA v. Sattar et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 1:02-cr-00395.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg; editing by Richard Chang and Leslie Adler)

Peter Lemkin
01-02-2014, 04:43 PM
It is late - too late and NEVER should have happened - not one day in prison!...but at least her last days are with her family and friends and FREE! I think they likely gave her the cancer - it can be done chemically or by use of radiation.

Magda Hassan
06-04-2016, 12:01 AM
Days of Revolt: The Return of the Radical

By Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges interviews disbarred civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart and civil rights activist Ralph Poynter. They discuss the and debate where that political consciousness is today in the face of worsening social and economic conditions.

Posted June 03, 2016



Peter Lemkin
03-08-2017, 05:10 PM
Lynne Stewart died yesterday, surrounded by her husband and son, of complications due to her advanced metastatic cancer.

I regard her as having been a political prisoner for the time she was incarcerated. Her entire legal career was for the underdog and those being tread upon by the powerful, the government, the system. She did not get a fair trail and the second trial was a kangaroo court to scare all lawyers from providing defense of those the US government considered 'terrorists'. She was released at the end of 2013 early due to her cancer.

Lynne Stewart Presente!


Magda Hassan
03-08-2017, 11:20 PM
Very sad news Peter. I understand she was not medically cared for in prison so the cancer untreated and spread. Inhuman treatment. She did well with the life she had though.

Peter Lemkin
03-09-2017, 04:53 AM
Very sad news Peter. I understand she was not medically cared for in prison so the cancer untreated and spread. Inhuman treatment. She did well with the life she had though.

Yes, this is true, she was refused proper treatment for a long time and then when very ill she had to fight for over a year to get release. While people do get cancer naturally, the intelligence community LONG ago developed the ability to give it to their enemies. We'll never know. Her legal work and life was exemplary and puts to shame the lives of those who sought to threaten and incarcerate her. There are sadly fewer lawyers in the US now who are brave enough to stand up for the rights of those without them - and that number is increasing daily. She will be missed. They did her wrong because they hated her client - the 'Blind Sheik'. The irony of it all...he was tangentially involved in the first bombing of the WTC - but so was the FBI!...but I digress...

Peter Lemkin
03-16-2017, 12:07 PM