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Attorney Lynne Stewart Freed by Court Order
by Power to the People
Tuesday Dec 31st, 2013 6:47 PM
Victory, Victory is our Cry; the Class Struggle is the Reason Why! Obama's US Attorney's Office finally heard our message, after tens of thousands of phone calls and petitions, made the motion for compassionate release he should have made a long time ago, and the judge signed the order today, New Year's Eve, 2013. She sat in prison for 4 years for no crime whatsoever; Republican Bush's illegal frame-up was continued under Democrat Obama instead of his dropping the charges, and she was diagnosed with cancer before she entered prison. Attorney Lynne Stewart says it best, on her website and below.
Victory, Victory is our Cry; the Class Struggle is the Reason Why! Obama's US Attorney's Office finally heard our message, after tens of thousands of phone calls and petitions, made the motion for compassionate release he should have made a long time ago, and the judge signed the order today, New Year's Eve, 2013. She sat in prison for 4 years for no crime whatsoever; Republican Bush's illegal frame-up was continued under Democrat Obama instead of his dropping the charges, and she was diagnosed with cancer before she entered prison. Attorney Lynne Stewart says it best, on her website and below.

From:
http://lynnestewart.org/


12/31/13 3:24 pm

My Dears:

Well, the impossible takes a little longer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We learned this morning that the US Attorney’s office has made the motion for my compassionate release and that the Order was on Judge Koeltl’s desk. Since on the last go-round he stated in Court that he would treat it “favorably”, we are now just waiting expectantly.

The wonderful thing is that Ralph is here in Ft Worth for a visit and will bring me back to NYC with him. We don’t know when but the rules state that the warden has 2 days to let me go after he receives the order so it could be as early as Friday or a few days more. Whatever it is, I can’t stop crying tears of Joy !! I can’t stop thinking of all the marvelous people worldwide who made this happen ..you know because each of you played an integral role. My daughter Z is already lining up Sloan Kettering and we will have to see if there is a probation qualification attached to the Order and how it will affect me. After that Ralph will start making arrangements to rent Yankee Stadium for the Welcome Home… Smile

So If this reaches you before midnight tonight raise a glass of bubbly to the joy of all of us that the old girl is OUT !!

Love Struggle,
Lynne



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JUDGE GRANTS COMPASSIONATE RELEASE OF LYNNE
December 31st, 2013
FROM NEW YORK TIMES:

Judge Orders Release of Dying Lawyer

By BENJAMIN WEISER
December 31, 2013
A federal judge in Manhattan ordered a “compassionate release” on Tuesday for Lynne F. Stewart, the former defense lawyer convicted of assisting terrorism who is dying from cancer in a federal prison in Texas.

Ms. Stewart, 74, who was convicted in 2005, sought release in 2013 under a Bureau of Prisons program for terminally ill inmates, but did so without the bureau’s support. The judge, John G. Koeltl of United States District Court, rejected the request in August, but indicated that he would look favorably upon such action if the Bureau of Prisons itself made such a motion.

The request to Judge Koeltl on Tuesday came from the director of the Bureau of Prisons through the office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. The filing said Ms. Stewart qualified for compassionate release because she had a diagnosis of a terminal, incurable illness with a life expectancy of less than 18 months and because of the relatively limited risk of recidivism and danger to the community if she were released.

“The defendant’s terminal medical condition and very limited life expectancy constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons that warrant the requested reduction” in sentence to time served, the judge’s order said.

Ms. Stewart is to live with her son, a lawyer, in Brooklyn.

Ms. Stewart is best known for her defense of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to blow up landmarks in New York City. She was later tried and convicted of smuggling messages from Mr. Abdel Rahman in prison to his violent followers in Egypt, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She has been serving her sentence at the Federal Medical Center Carswell, in Fort Worth.

Ms. Stewart was found in 2005 to have breast cancer; in 2012, doctors determined that her cancer had spread to her lungs, lymph system and bones, a court filing shows.

Her lawyer, Jill R. Shellow, said earlier on Tuesday, before the judge’s ruling, that she had informed her client of the government’s request, and that Ms. Stewart was looking forward to being with her family.

“It restores my faith in the Justice Department to do the right thing,” Ms. Shellow said. Later, after Judge Koeltl issued his order, Ms. Shellow added, “The judge’s exercise of mercy on New Year’s Eve shows his compassion for Lynne and the depth of his commitment to seeing that justice is done.”

Ms. Stewart, in a 12-page handwritten letter to the judge during the summer, said she did not want to die in prison, “a strange and loveless place,” as she put it. “I want to be where all is familiar — in a word, home.”

Judge Koeltl’s order says that Ms. Stewart shall be released “as soon as her medical condition permits, the release plan is implemented, and travel arrangements can be made.”

Ms. Shellow said Ms. Stewart could be released as early Tuesday night, and would be met by her husband.



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Federal Gov’t Asks Judge to Grant Lynne Stewart Compassionate Release from Prison
December 31st, 2013
From Democracy Now!:



The Bureau of Prisons has submitted a request to the judge in Lynne Stewart’s case, asking him to grant “compassionate release” to 74-year-old jailed civil rights attorney who is dying from stage IV breast cancer. Scroll down to read the order.

“This morning, the government, meaning the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons, filed a motion before Federal Judge John Koeltl, requesting that Lynne Stewart be re-sentenced to time served,” said Bob Boyle, one of Stewart’s lawyers. “This means she would be eligible — if he signs the order — for immediate release. There is every indication that will sign the order, since he said so on the record, when we made the motion back in July to have her be released.”

Boyle says he fully expects Stewart to be released in the next few days, and return to New York City where she will live with her son. He says she and her family have been told the news and are extremely relieved and grateful.

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by Peace Witch
Wednesday Jan 1st, 2014 8:38 AM
What a wonderful way to start the New Year! Peace to all!
by Power to the People
Wednesday Jan 1st, 2014 3:44 PM
On Lynne Stewart's website at http://lynnestewart.org/ there is a very moving photo of 74 year old Lynne Stewart at home in New York City.

Democrat Obama is clearly in big trouble being the spymaster-in-chief in this Congressional and governor's election year when the Democrats desperately need votes, especially lawyers' votes. The quote above from Ms. Shellow, Ms. Stewart's attorney, makes that clear. Lawyers have a right to defend unpopular clients and have a right to be free of wiretapping of their conversations with clients and this case was clearly an attempt to terrorize the entire legal profession. We can thank not only all of our fellow phone callers and petitioners, but also Edward Snowden and all other heroic whistleblowers for the freedom of Lynne Stewart. This is a common means of freeing political prisoners: A combination of factors makes their freedom possible.

We cannot stop here. Leonard Peltier remains in prison illegally convicted; Mumia Abu-Jamal has been denied his civil rights in not having a fair trial, federal grounds for dismissal of charges against him. The federal death penalty still exists as it also does in most states, unlike most of the world, where it has been abolished. All prisoners over age 50 by definition should receive compassionate release as they cannot be trained for jobs and are simply too old to harm anyone, if they ever did. Every prisoner who has a terminal illness should be freed immediately. Sending someone to prison who has cancer is a crime against humanity. The prison-industrial complex houses some 2.3 million people, overwhelmingly the workingclass and mostly non-white.

Something finally got done!
L'chaim, prosit, salud, to her health!