A Death Sentence for Defending her Client? Lynne Stewart
[col. writ. 2/21/13] © ’13 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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 convinction "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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