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News :: Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics
Lynne Stewart's Victory: Remains Free on Bail
17 Oct 2006
After fearing an indictment that could have landed her in jail for life, Lynne Steward claimed victory today as the judge handed a veridict of 28 months in prison for "extraordinarily severe criminal conduct" for distributing press releases on behalf of her jailed client. She remains free on bail upon the appeal of her case.

Lynne Stewart is a radical human rights attorney known for her outspoken political views and representation of controversial clients. Last year, Lynne was convicted of providing material support to a terrorist organization for representing a client accused of terrorism.
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Lynne Stewart Supporters Rally -- Stewart to be Sentenced Today
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Lynne Stewart Supporters Rally -- Stewart to be Sentenced Today
Already barred from practicing law, Lynne is 67 years old and battling breast cancer. The government demanded that she be sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

In Boston, supporters of Stewart and a lawyer's right to private conversations with clients rallied on Friday, October 13, at the Federal Courthouse.

"This is about protecting the right to defend. Once the attorney-client privilege is lost, there is no right to defend as we know it," had said Lynne Stewart.

WHAT HAPPENED IN LYNNE STEWART'S CASE?
Lynne was indicted in 2002 on information based on governmental monitoring of conversations between Stewart and her client, Shiek Omar Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian Islamic scholar convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The evidence against her was that she openly gave the press information that her client personally opposed a ceasefire in hostilities in Egypt in June of 2000, violating a regulation prohibiting him from communicating with anyone except his wife and attorney. With many administrative sanctions available, including fines and disbarment, the government chose to put Lynne on trial for aiding and abetting terrorism. In 2005 Lynne was found guilty of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and providing support for terrorism. Arabic interpreter Mohammed Yousry and paralegal Ahmed Abdel Sattar were also convicted in this case.

Ahmed Sattar, a postal worker who acted as a paralegal for Abdel-Rahman, was given 24 years in prison for conspiring to kill people outside the US. Mohammed Yousry, an Arabic translator, was given twenty months for aiding the smuggling of Abdel-Rahman’s messages.

WHAT DOES THIS VERDICT MEAN?
According to the Center for Constitutional Rights: “We saw it for what it was; part of a strategy designed to weaken the Bill of Rights and to frighten lawyers who might represent unpopular and even distasteful clients. What is at stake is the power of the government to eavesdrop on discussions between lawyer and client and, on a broader scale, an assault of historic proportions on the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments.”

Lawyers rely on private conversations to be able to zealously defend clients. Without this privacy, where does that leave lawyers?
See also:
http://www.lynnestewart.org/
Related stories on this site:
FOR REAL JUSTICE -FREE LYNNE STEWART
LYNNE STEWART'S CRIME OF COURAGE, HONOR AND RESISTING TYRANNY

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No defense
18 Oct 2006
Stewart passage a message from her client to his followers advocating murder. She is GUILTY of the killings that took place after her annoucement.

Sharing her client's message of religious approval to kill others had not a thing to do with defending him as a lawyer. Any good she ever did in her life was erased when she posted her client's message to his followers that it was a good thing to kill people in Egypt and other Islamic dominated countries.