Lynne Stewart’s terminal breast cancer is reason enough to return her to Flatbush, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl decided

Dying Slope lawyer freed from prison comes home today

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A former Park Slope lawyer convicted of helping a jailed terrorist communicate with his followers is coming home after a judge ordered her release from a Texas prison where she has been dying of cancer.

The federal-prison-bureau-requested release of Lynne Stewart, 74, ends four years of imprisonment, much of which Stewart spent suffering from breast cancer. She was known for representing poor, politically active, and sometimes deeply unpopular clients as a defense attorney before her 2007 disbarment and subsequent jailing for communicating on behalf of blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted of plotting to blow up the New York landmarks including the United Nations and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Her family cheered the decision to allow her to return home, but lamented the circumstances.

“We were pretty surprised — it is very bittersweet,” said Stewart’s son and lawyer Geoffrey Stewart. “Freedom is the most important thing, and we still feel like she should have never been put through this in the first place.”

Stewart will arrive home on Jan. 1, according to the Justice for Lynne Stewart support website. The release ruling cuts short a 10-year sentence and follows a global outpouring of support for the firebrand advocate and an order from the Bureau of Prisons recommending her freeing. Backers argued that her conviction threatened the constitutional right to counsel, but multiple courts disagreed, finding that her transmission of messages from Rahman, nicknamed “the blind sheik,” to his supporters in Egypt’s “Islamic Group” was conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism. Judges overturned and quadrupled an initial 28-month sentence following a press conference where Stewart said she could do that time “standing on [her] head.”

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl granted the compassionate release appeal after denying the same bid in April because the federal Bureau of Prisons had not approved it. The prison bureau and the justice department recommended Stewart be freed on New Year’s Eve morning and the Koeltl signed off on Stewart’s release in the afternoon. In his decision, the judge pointed out that Stewart is near death and unlikely to commit further crimes.

The freed advocate will live in her son’s Flatbush home because a granddaughter lives in the Park Slope pad the agitator owns, a supporter said. She will be excited to check out Prospect Park’s new ice-skating rinks and to listen to jazz with her husband, her son said.

“I know she has a lot of people that she wants to thank, have private meetings with, and catch up with,” he said. “She will be amazed at all the changes in Brooklyn.”

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to reflect that Stewart comes home Jan. 1. Context added about federal agencies recommending her release.
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Chris says:
She has a face only a terrorist could love.
Dec. 31, 2013, 10:09 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
. "In his decision, Koeltl pointed out that Stewart is near death and unlikely to commit further crimes."

Unless she becomes a suicide bomber.

Nice work your honor! Let her live out her life in her own surroundings. Meanwhile the people killed by terrorists are still dead.

Can't smell the smoke from the Ivory Tower.
Jan. 1, 2014, 9:13 am
JAY from NYC says:
This is a absolute disgrace. This decision is nothing short of a repugnant abomination. If I ever run into this judge I am going to ask him where was the compassion for the terror victims that were killed without mercy, and how have you served justice by giving this terrorist a get out of jail card? Why did you decide to nullify a jury decision and put yourself in their place after they heard all of the evidence?
Not only did this POS help terrorists she then perjured herself about it. She should be in Gitmo for the rest of her life, with the rest of them. Why Judge, is this POS any different?
This decision needs to be reviewed and over turned, and put this POS in GITMO where she belongs. There should be no mercy for this POS. Where is the evidence that she will not commit further crimes? She committed crimes and knowingly helped terrorists, now that she has nothing left to live for I think she will in fact commit additional crimes now that she has been given the opportunity to be free.
I hope the address where she is staying will become public knowledge so people can go and protest there every single day and night until she dies, and that she never has even one second of the peace that was denied without to the victims and families of the terrorist murders who she knowingly helped.
And the arrogance of her son talking about how she will be amazed and enjoy the changes in Brooklyn while she gets to enjoy freedom that she helped deny to others who were murdered by the terrorists that she supported?
Unreal, its like the bombings never happened as far as this judge or her son and family is concerned. Damn these scumbags to hell. Twice.
Jan. 1, 2014, 1:23 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Lynne styles herself as a defender of the oppressed. Yet she not only represented a brutal, misogynist, Islamic oppressor, she assisted him in killing others. Lynne's actions were disgusting and immoral, not to mention illegal. Lynne and people like her hate the US so much that they are wiling to do anything to aid thugs like the Muslim terrorist she passed messages to kill for.
Jan. 1, 2014, 10:35 pm
JibJab from NYC says:
She is "excited to check out Prospect Park’s new ice-skating rinks and to listen to jazz with her husband." If she is well enough to do that, she is well enough to remain in prison.
Jan. 2, 2014, 3:18 am
Phantom from Bay Ridge says:
This unrepentant terrorist groupie should have remained in jail for a hundred million eternities.
Jan. 2, 2014, 10:22 am
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
Dear Brooklyn Paper,

Lynne Stewart is a real living, breathing hero to many of us, and especially to the poor and working class people of New York City. She, along with her husband Ralph Poynter, are longtime community and anti-war activists and members of the Green Party.

Her so-called "crime" was -- now I'd like you folks writing disparaging notes above to hear this -- talking to Reuters news agency, during which she mentioned what are client's opinions were on events in Egypt. That's it. That's all there was. No violence. Nothing to do with "terrorism".

And for doing that she had originally been censured, and after a time allowed to continue practicing law. Then -- several years after having completed serving her suspension from representing her client -- the despicable U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (remember him?) went on Dave Letterman's show and denounced Lynne Stewart and announced he would indict her for the so-called "crime" of expressing her and her client's views many years earlier, and for which she'd already served her suspension. Note also that this all took place years before 9/11 2001.

I went to LaGuardia Airport on New Year's Day to join around 100 others in welcoming home Lynne Stewart. What a beautiful moment.

Welcome, welcome, welcome home Lynne! And thank you, Megan Riesz, for a fair and informative report.

Mitchel Cohen
Brooklyn Greens/Green Party
Jan. 2, 2014, 12:23 pm
Thomas Smith from Brighton Beach says:
Some people--with the notable exception of my friend Mitchel Cohen--have no understanding of civil liberties. Lynne IS a great fighter for the oppressed. The Bush Administration, and the Obama Administration that refused to do anything for her, are oppressive, bourgeois regimes that are leading such people by the nose with this phony "terror" war against a bogus, phantom "Arab terrorist" threat. What baloney.
Jan. 2, 2014, 12:42 pm
Jay from Nyc says:
Uh no thomad and michael, she was convicted by a jury, not ny george bush or obama, it seems you have no concept of how the legal system works. She is a supporter of terrorism and she was convicted of that and it is a fact. Nothing you can say will ever change the fact the a jury.convicted her of supporting terrorists. Its not a smear campagian, its not, it is a FACT. I am glad that you ided yourselfs as part of the green party so now I will know who NOT to vote for in the next election and I hope should either of you two decide to run for office that your opponet brings up your proterrorist comments.
Jan. 2, 2014, 1:15 pm
Nothside Ned from Greenpoint says:
There isn't a whole deep enough and dark enough for this traitor.
Jan. 2, 2014, 1:30 pm
John from Sunset Park says:
America does have political prisoners.
Welcome home Lynn.
You are a real patriot.
Jan. 2, 2014, 2:12 pm
Thomas from Brighton Beach says:
Jay, a jury never convicted her to ten years in prison. And our government is the real terrorist throughtout the world. You should stop letting yourself be brainwashed by David Letterman and start thinking with your head. As for the Green Party, I'm in support of eco-socialist politics, and I vote Green because that's the most Left on the ballot. But I don't support the Green Party.
Jan. 2, 2014, 2:18 pm
Jay from Nyc says:
Duh thomas thats because a jury only convicts on the charge the.judge decides the sentence, just like pretty much any other case. You know a person can not be judge jury.and executioner at the same time right? There is a lot of reasons we do things the way we do to protect and sageguard the accused during a trial. I guess you dont like that, but its how the legal system works and has worked for a.very long time.
She should have gotten a.billion years plus life. I am noy brainwashed by david letterman and no one under
fifty even watches him anymore.Nice try though.
As for our govwent beimg the real terrorist in the world, there are planes leaving jfk and newark every few minutes to pretty much any other country in the world and unlike many countries our government will not prevent you from leaving and remouncing your citizenship.
You are free to leave or stay and complain and live your life, but you are not free to support terrorists and that is excatly what this pos knowingly did. She supported the guy behind the first world trade center bombing, who was also behind the massacure at lexor in Egypt. Has the U.S. argubaly made mistakes in its
history, maybe, but equating past history with present day delibrate on going attacks against tourists and office workers is simply beyond laighable and shows nothing but contempt for the victums of terror. In addition this pos is still accountable
for her own actions and your sad
attempt to engage in relativism by
stating the the U.S. are the real
terrorsts does not change the fact that
this pos supported terrorists. she is
still guilty and she still should be in
prision and you are still wrong. Since you claom to vote as far left as you can to support ecosocialism, and given that tou suppoet this pos, doea that mean you support e.l.f. and a.l.f and their campaign of terrorism?
Jan. 2, 2014, 2:48 pm
Jean from East Flatbush says:
What makes so many people think that Lynne Stewart, a progressive and VERY Generous lawyer, who was doing for another human being what no other lawyer would do, is a terrorist? Whom did she hurt, what was her so-called crime? I don't understand such comments, unless they come from people who haven't really read any of the things Lynne Stewart has written or said. Maybe it's just plain "laziness" on the part of people who are so angry about their own unfulfilled lives that they need to use the name "terrorist" for any vulnerable individual!
Jan. 2, 2014, 3:38 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"The freed advocate will live in her son’s Flatbush home because a granddaughter lives in the Park Slope pad the agitator owns, a supporter said."

Rent control - don't give up that rent control, or there will be affordable housing available.
Jan. 2, 2014, 4:28 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
In jail, Rahman used Stewart to pass messages to, and also to end a ceasefire by, an Egyptian jihadi force that he had created. The force is called "The islamic Group," or the GIA, for its Arabic name, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya. Rahman is still popular among jihadis, partly because his jihadis killed so many Egyptian security forces, Egyptian Christians and western tourists.
Rahman was legally residing in New York when he persuaded immigrant Muslims to carry out the first Twin Towers attack.

Abdel Rahman was the "spiritual guide of 9/11," a credentialed Muslim cleric who provided an Islamic rationale for bin Laden's 2001 attack. From his U.S. cell, Rahman urged Muslims to "kill them in the sea, on land and in the air."

Don't be lazy and have an unfulfilled live Jean. This woman is the same as the person who buys the gasoline for the arsonist and the bullets for the sniper.

Even in East Flatbush!
Jan. 2, 2014, 4:43 pm
ty from pps says:
Do you pride yourself on saying stupid things to make sure we dismiss anything you say that might have some value?

What was this dumb comment about rent control? Stewart owns an apartment and her granddaughter lives there... so that's something to do with rent control?
Jan. 2, 2014, 6:31 pm
JAY from NYC says:
ty I am guessing maybe what Rufus was trying to say was that this POS supports terrorists, gets out jail free, and now gets to live in a rent stabilized apartment that many people who are waaaay more deserving than this POS who would love to be able to have, and just to throw this out there as well, she is gonna get obama care to pay for her cancer.
I think Rufus is offended by the notion that a POS who supported terrorists who have killed Americans, and want to kill more of them is now going to get free benefits from those very Americans.
I don't want to speak for Rufus, and maybe he meant something else, but that is the way I took it.
In addition sorry to all for my multiple typos in my previous post, that was on hand held and in the cold.
Jan. 2, 2014, 6:49 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Jean, this POS was convicted after a nine-month trial and 13 days of jury deliberations. POS StewRAT was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government (18 U.S.C. § 371), providing material support to terrorists (18 U.S.C. § 2339A and 18 U.S.C. § 2) and conspiring to conceal it (18 U.S.C. § 371), and making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) StewRAT admitted that she knowingly violated prison rules in a letter as part of her sentencing hearing.
POS StewRAT could have and should have received 30 years in prison. She was given much less by the same Judge who has now released her. When she was sentenced she also claimed to have cancer then and that she was dying. That was 9 years ago and she is still living.
She was then re-sentenced after it was determined that she committed an addition crime of perjury at trial. Among the things she did that are crimes was taking messages to the sheik Rhaman from fellow jihadist Rifa’l Ahman Tara urging him to support a new wave of Islamic violence in Egypt — and then smuggled out a coded order to his followers lifting a ceasefire between his terrorist group and the Egyptian government. How many people do you think died because of that?
Rhaman issued fatwas against US “infidels” that inspired the 1993 WTC bombing, the 1997 massacre of Western tourists in Luxor, Egypt, and the 9/11 attacks.
One of the message POS Stewart smuggled out called for Rhaman's followers to attack Jews and issued an IG fatwah, issued in his name, that urged "the Muslim nation to fight the Jews and to kill them wherever they are...Every Moslem should wage Jihad against them."
You in favor of that Jean?
POS StewRAT has called the 9/11 attacks an "armed struggle" and says in sum or in substance that they are forces of national liberation.
POS Stewart has never apologized for her actions nor shown any remorse for the fact that she supported people who kill Americans.
Her co defendants were convicted of conspiring to kidnap and kill.
Rhaman, the person she was smuggling messages for, was convicted in the first bombing of the Twin Towers.
Stewart signed an agreement that she would not pass messages to Rhaman's followers as he was and still is the leader of state department designated terrorist organization. POS Stewart continued to visit Rhaman in prison after his appeals were exhausted for the single purpose of carrying messages to his followers, who she knew were responsible for killing people, and that the purpose of the messages was to carry out additional attacks and killings and that POS Stewart knew this full well.
You can see a brief that was submitted to the court which details many of the facts of POS Stewart's conviction and why she should rot in prison at
Jan. 2, 2014, 7:44 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Mitchel, your post couldn't have been more inaccurate if you tried. In fact, I strongly suspect that you intended to mislead. The messages Lynne passed, in direct contravention of lawful orders not to do so, were instructions to Rahman's terrorist subordinates that had life and death ramifications in Egypt. In fact, his order to end a cease fire by the "Muslim Brotherhood" resulted in dozens of killings by MB thugs, immediately after Lynne passed Rahman's order. Rahman is a committed terrorist, Islamic supremacist and enemy of Western life and thought. Rahman used Lynne like a fool to commit murder, and she was so deluded by her hatred of the West and the US, and so eager to prove her revolutionary bona fides that she eagerly jumped at the opportunity.

Lynne Stewart is a fool, the most dangerous kind, what used to be called useful idiots. If she is a hero to you, count yourself among that group.

By the way, the first thing that thugs like Rahman would do if they held power in the US would be to kill the infidels, especially the leftists.
Jan. 2, 2014, 7:46 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Ty is back! The Hall Monitor of BP and Everyone's Favorite Scold!
Jan. 2, 2014, 8:57 pm
ty from pps says:
So, Jay... As John pointed out, you have waaaaay too much going on in your ridiculously crazy comment to tackle it all. I will focus on one dumb comment: "she is gonna get obama care to pay for her cancer."

Do you even know what "Obama Care" is? Is she receiving Medicare? (Ya know, like ALL American's over the age of 65?) Or did she buy a private insurance policy from the public exchange run by New York State?

Which part of Obamacare did she "get"? Hmmm?

I'm just so tired of painful ignorance. Why should we take ANYTHING you and Rufus spew as even close to truth given your minimal knowledge and understanding of almost everything?
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:03 pm
ty from pps says:
Yep, Rufus... I'm the hall monitor and you're the special ed kid that sneaked out of his class.
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:05 pm
jay from nyc says:
ty the point is that tax payer funds are likely going to pay for her cancer, and this is what I think Rufus was getting at, but like I clearly stated he might have meant something else by it, guess you did not miss the obvious disclaimer included in that post.
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:13 pm
jay from nyc says:
oh and ty I think maybe the snow and cold is getting to you a bit as john did not direct any comments to me. Stay toasty my friend.
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:15 pm
ty from pps says:
Jay -
You do know that even prisoners of war (in prison) would receive treatment for cancer, right?
Jan. 2, 2014, 9:40 pm
jay from nyc says:
ty, so I guess you want to talk Geneva convention now? For starters, Prisoners of war, or as we call them in the 21st century, EPWs (Enemy Prisoner of War) are treated differently from spies, who are subject to execution without trial and also are treated differently from unlawful enemy combatants.
To have POW/EPW status, one must be a lawful combatant and must be part of a fixed chain of command and wear fixed markings visible at a distance (i.e. a uniform) and bear arms openly and have conducted military operations according to the laws of war (I.e. no intentional killing of civilians for instance)
POS Stewart did none of those things. POS Stewart was convicted of providing material support to terrorists. Arguably, given her activities and passing clandestine messages, for which she was convicted by a jury, this could qualify her as a spy or a terrorist had she been charged as such.
Terrorists, mercenaries, pirates, spies and saboteurs are exempt from the Geneva convention protections.
POS Stewart was convicted of supporting terrorists, who intentionally targeted and killed civilians. Thus, under intentional law, she could also be exempted from Geneva conventions for this reason as well, which is what the U.S. has done with some of the folks at Gitmo.
Once that EPW/POW status is denied, basically you don't get squat, including cancer treatment, unless your captor feels like being generous.
Were things a bit more desperate, as they were say during the civil war, she likely would have been shot within 48 hours of her trial conviction. That is reality.
However the government did not do any of those things in her case, and tried her in a criminal court where she could have and should have gotten 30 years in jail. While she was in prison she was getting cancer treatment. If she were still in prison she would get cancer care as part of her civil rights, but she would be in prison, with all that entails.
Now, instead, she is not in prison. This judge let her walk out years early, despite being convicted, and now she is free to enjoy life in Brooklyn, and live in a rent stabilized apartment with her family, and medical care likely provided at taxpayer expense.
Meanwhile, the people who were killed, and their families who still suffer form the loss of their loved ones get squat.
Maybe you don' t get it, but I can see how someone would be bothered by that.
Jan. 2, 2014, 10:54 pm
ty from pps says:
"which is what the U.S. has done with some of the folks at Gitmo"

And those "folks at Gitmo" would receive cancer treatment...
Jan. 2, 2014, 11:42 pm
ty from pps says:
You're fun, Jay. Like Captain Obvious himself!
Jan. 2, 2014, 11:43 pm
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
That's always the dilemma with free speech, isn't it? I happen to agree with your statement about the dangerous role of the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt and the despicable role of the Mubarek military forces controlling the government. The two are the same side of the same coin. But what people do with someone else's free speech is a different question. Imagine, for a moment, that your free speech here is used by some to justify murdering those your own words condemn.

Lynne Stewart has repeatedly said that her intention was most definitely not violent. In addition, a number of other lawyers made similar statements, but they went untouched by the government. Why Lynne, then? The answer is political, and more to do with John Ashcroft's politicking at the time -- inventing a convenient scapegoat from years before and diverting attention away from the very real crimes of the Bush regime, and far less to do with any consideration of what was going on inside Egypt.

Please check out an interview I did with Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter in 2008, here: STEWART PACIFICA.wav

Mitchel Cohen
Brooklyn Greens/Green Party
Jan. 3, 2014, 3:49 am
Thomas from Brighton says:
There's a great political cartoon, in the form of a chart, at the following website:
Note the "25%" response.
The whole "war on terror" discourse is just a game by the imperialists, begun with the false flag operation engineered by the Bush Admin known as 9-11 (See Michael Ruppert, CROSSING THE RUBICON) to whip up popular support for a war of conquest in the Middle East and Central Asia, because, as Zbigniew Brezizinski argued in his book years earlier, THE GREAT GLOBAL CHESS GAME, that's where the new "El Dorado" of resources for imperialism would be.
The Shaikh was in his rights to tell his followers not to go for that imperialist brokered deal, and as his lawyer, Lynne was in her rights--nay it was her duty-- to tell them about
Jay you should get your head out of the us vs. them dualistic mode of thought. You are being led by the nose against your class interests.
Jan. 3, 2014, 7:38 am
John from Bay Ridge says:

You are ignoring what Lynne actually did. She actively assisted Rahman in administering a terror network. This included Lynne agreeing to hold planning meetings with Rahman and his subordinates in jail, under the guise of an attorney client communication. During those meetings Lynne made loud noises, shouted, etc, to distract nearby guards. And laughed about it. Lynne knew the purpose of the meetings she chaired, and simply chose sides in the Egyptian conflict. And the side she chose was Rahman's, someone who was personally involved in supporting, encouraging and planning attacks on American citizens, not to mention people in other parts of the world. Lynne consciously chose to aid an Islamic murder attack others because was also an enemy of the US and the West, and because it fit her romantic notions of revolution.

To suggest that Lynne's actions fell under the heading of free speech is repugnant. Stop defending the indefensible. At some point you need to grow up and acknowledge reality. I would never wish illness on Lynne or any other human being, but Lynne deserved her prison sentence and in undeserving of the misplaced hero worship you and a limited number of other self loathing Westerners provide her.

Now go wrap yourself up in your Palestinian scarf (I'm sure you love wearing as a sign of your identification with the "oppressed") and head out to the Green Party meeting tonight. Important matters of ideological purity will be discussed.
Jan. 3, 2014, 9:01 am
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
Well, John -- I thought this thread had some basis for becoming an interesting and intellectually provocative discussion on a higher-level. But your snarky caricatures are offensive and undermine your own views. As a result, this discussion -- or almost discussion -- has run its course. Too bad.
Jan. 3, 2014, 11:34 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Goodbye Mitch. Good luck for your retreat into ideological purity. It's apparently more comforting than confronting the facts. I was intentionally harsh with you, in an effort to shake you out of the intellectual complacency that you have fallen into. No intent to offend though.

Just remember that being a committed ideologue means that you will constantly be searching for a way to explain away facts that conflict with your world view. Is that really what an intelligent person should be doing?
Jan. 3, 2014, 1:37 pm
JAY from NYC says:
TY we could just as easily decide to deny cancer treatment to the folks at gitmo, or use it as a carrot to elicit information, and that is in fact what most countries would do. We also could have had her executed as well. The fact that these things have not happened and that she is getting cancer treatment is because we are being nicer to her than is required, not because we actually are required to do so.
As for Mr. Green party guy, dude seriously, a jury of impartial people her convicted her and a 9 month trial. Its NOT political the only thing political about it you and people like you in a desperate attempt to turn her supporting terrorists into something that it is not. The facts were well established and proven beyond a reasonable doubt. She broke the laws and helped terrorist. POS Stewart appealed and lost there as well. Its not free speech to do support terrorists. Its not a first amendment case, and that argument was REJECTED at trial and upheld on appeal.
Honestly a lot of your rhetoric sounds just like the nonsense the the Lori Benson people put up about her conviction for supporting Terrorists. Another thing, stop plugging your interviews, this is not an ad space.
Jan. 3, 2014, 7:27 pm
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
Jay, did you read the court transcript or attend any part of the trial? A jury was panicked by the prosecution which was allowed to talk about 9/11 over and over and over and over again, even though Lynne Stewart's so-called "terrorism" -- making a verbal political statement -- occurred long before 9/11.
Maybe you think that the prisoners in Guantanamo or Abu Graib or in any of the secret "black" prisons the U.S. collaborates in maintaining around the world, deserve to be held there for years and be tortured by the U.S. government.
Are you really so brainwashed?
Jan. 4, 2014, 11:43 pm
jay from nyc says:
mr. cohen, anyone can read it, this is all public information, you are not some superior informed industry insider blowing the whistle, with access to information that only a few elite insiders have, so stop acting like you are something. And guess what, terrorism happened before 9/11. The terrorist Stewart was working for was responsible for bombing the trade center the first time.
You are spouting the exacts same line of B.S. that POS Stewart spouted that was rejected at trial and through multiple appeals.
Jan. 5, 2014, 5:22 pm
Thomas from Brighton says:
Jay, there was an FBI informant involved with the first bombing of the WTC. Instead of stopping it, he set it up. This just proves my point about a false flag operation, the second time around. Get your head out of the sand, although I know the cognitive dissonance, once you do face facts, will be really really scary! Boo, Jay! Boo!. The government of the U.S. is not benevolent. Get over it, dude.
Here's something Mitchel brought to our attention on a list serv he runs: It goes beyond the silly dualism that Jay and John are immersed in, the kind that the ruling class loves to brainwash us with so they can hold on to their millions, mister.
Jan. 7, 2014, 6:54 am
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
Here's a good article summarizing those issues that Jay and John refuse to acknowledge, which shows why Lynne Stewart's trial was dripping with politics and ideology.

The Sentencing of Lynne Stewart
by Michael Steven Smith
attorney, NYC, and co-host of "Law & Disorder" on WBAI radio, 99.5 FM, every Monday at 9 a.m.

Lynne Stewart is a friend. She used to practice law in New York City. I still do. I was in the courtroom with my wife Debby the afternoon of July 19th for her re-sentencing. Judge John Koeltl buried her alive.

We should have seen it coming when he told her to take all the time she needed at the start when she spoke before the sentence was read. It didn’t matter what she said. He had already written his decision, which he read out loud to a courtroom packed with supporters. It was well crafted. Bulletproof on appeal. He is smart and cautious.

After about an hour into his pronouncement, he came to the buried alive part. He prefaced it by citing the unprecedented 400 letters of support people had sent him, all of which he said he read. He noted Lynne’s three decades of service to the poor and the outcast. He stressed that she is a seventy-year-old breast cancer survivor with high blood pressure and other serious health problems. And then he laid it on her: 120 months. Everyone in the courthouse divided 120 by 12. He had given her a death sentence, we all thought. She’ll never get out. He almost quadrupled the 28 month sentence he had originally pronounced. She had told him that 28 months was a horizon, that she had hope. But no more.

Lynne’s granddaughter gasped. Then started sobbing. She kept crying even as Judge John Koeltl kept reading. And reading. And reading. It was awful. The sentence was pitiless and cruel. How to understand it? Lynne’s lawyer Jill Shellow Levine rose after the judge finished. She asked him why. He was candid. He was told to do it by his supervisors, the judges on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. This court is an institution of the elite. It is considered the second highest court in America next to the Supreme Court because it presides over the financial center of the empire, not its capital, that is in D.C., but its real capital.

Jan. 7, 2014, 1:50 pm
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
This court makes policy and Lynne Stewart was to be made an example of in "the war against terrorism" just as a half a century before, in the same court, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were condemned to death in the war against communism, told that they had caused the deaths of 50,000 U.S. soldiers in the Korean War, and found guilty of the ridiculous charge of "stealing the secret" of the atomic bomb, when there was no secret, it was only a matter of technology. The sentencing Judge Kaufman knew they would leave behind two orphan children, Robert and Michael, ages six and three. In 1947 George Kennan, the ideological father of the cold war, wrote that the United States had but six per cent of the world's population and fifty per cent of its wealth. The problem was to keep it.

Anti-communism served as the ideological cover the U.S. ruling classes used. But communism ceased to exist after capitalism was restored in the Soviet Union in 1991. A new ideological cover has been constructed in the wake of the September 11th criminal attack on the World Tread Center and the Pentagon: the War against Terror. Nationalist opposition to U.S. economic and foreign policy in parts of the Arab world is no longer led by communists but by fundamentalist Muslims. Lynne Stewart represented one of them, Sheik Abdel Rahman, who was the leading oppositionist to the U.S.-sponsored Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt, which gets more money from America than any other country in the world except Israel.

In 1993, at the behest of the Egyptian government, Sheik Rahman was criminally indicted and later convicted of the crime of "sedition" for suggesting to a government informer that rather than blow up New York City landmarks he choose "a military target." It was on the occasion of a post-conviction prison visit that Lynne helped her client. She released his statement to Reuters press service announcing his withdrawal of support for a ceasefire between his group and the Egyptian government. This was in violation of a Special Administrative Measure (SAMs) that Lynne had agreed to with the U.S. Government. She wasn't supposed to be a medium for communication between her client and the outside world.

END PART TWO of THREE (as it turns out)
Jan. 7, 2014, 1:58 pm
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
She should have challenged the constitutionality of the SAMs, she now realizes, and not just have violated them. She wasn't prosecuted for what she did, not under the Clinton administration, nor during the first years of George W. Bush. Then came 9.11. Bush's Attorney General John Ashcroft flew into New York City in 2003 and announced Lynne's indictment on the David Letterman show. The crime? A novel one. Conspiracy to provide material aid to a terrorist organization. What was the material aid? Her client. When Ashcroft did that, as the nation's highest law enforcement officer, he committed an ethical violation for which any other attorney would have been sanctioned.

He made sure that from the very beginning of her ordeal Lynne Stewart never had a chance. Not with the level of fear the government was able to generate and the scare they put into her jury. In 2006 she was convicted and sentenced. The maximum was 30 years, but thanks to the superb legal work of National Lawyers Guild attorneys Elizabeth Fink and Sarah Kunstler and the outpouring of public support Judge Koeltl gave her 28 months. The government appealed the sentence to their U.S. Court of Appeals. Game over. The selective prosecution of Lynne Stewart was accomplished.

Judge John Walker, George W. Bush's first cousin, sits on that court. His family made their fortune selling munitions during WWI. He wrote that the 28 months was"shockingly low." Judge Koeltl was given his orders. The seemingly kindly boyish-looking jurist about whom it was said that he walks to work and looks after an elderly mother ... not exactly a sadistic old lady killer ... then reversed himself and on the same evidence nearly quadruped the sentence, putting a seventy-year-old grandmother on chemotherapy away for ten years and two years' probation after that for good measure. This is much more than meanness. It is ideology.

Michael Steven Smith is the co-host of the WBAI radio show Law and Disorder and sits on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Jan. 7, 2014, 2:02 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:

Your multiple posts prove my point. You and your posts ignore the facts of what Lynne did, which was a serious crime. To reiterate, Lynne materially assisted a totalitarian terrorist. What you posted are mere appeals to sympathy on Lynne's behalf, and allegations of a conspiracy against her.
Jan. 10, 2014, 11:11 am

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