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10/17: Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Sentenced to 28 Months In Jail
Released 17 October 2006  By Democracy Now! Radio and Associated Press

Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Sentenced to 28 Months In Jail;
Remains Free On Bail

October 17, 2006

Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart is claiming victory today in a case that
could have landed her in jail for the rest of her life. On Monday (10/16), Stewart
was sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison. She'll remain free on bail
while her conviction is appealed.

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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/17/1439229

Blind sheik's lawyer gets 28 months
By LARRY NEUMEISTER
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - Civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was sentenced Monday to 28
months in prison on a terrorism charge for helping a client who plotted to
blow up New York City landmarks communicate with his followers.

Stewart, 67, could have faced up to 30 years in prison. She smiled as the
judge announced his decision to send her to prison for less than 2 1/2
years.

"If you send her to prison, she's going to die. It's as simple as that,"
defense lawyer Elizabeth Fink had told the judge before the sentence was
pronounced.

Stewart, who was treated last year for breast cancer, was convicted in 2005
of providing material support to terrorists. She had released a statement by
Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind Egyptian sheik sentenced to life in prison after
he was convicted in plots to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate
Egypt's president.

Prosecutors have called the case a major victory in the war on terrorism.
They said Stewart and other defendants carried messages between the sheik
and senior members of an Egyptian-based terrorist organization, helping
spread Abdel-Rahman's call to kill those who did not subscribe to his
extremist interpretation of Islamic law.

In a letter to the judge before her hearing, Stewart proclaimed: "I am not a
traitor."

"The end of my career truly is like a sword in my side," She said in court
Monday. "Permit me to live out the rest of my life productively, lovingly,
righteously."


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