Compassionate Release for People’s Lawyer Lynne Stewart
Tuesday, October 8 (Lynne’s 74th Birthday), 5:30 PM
Market & Montgomery Streets (site of Dianne Feinstein’s office)
Montgomery BART/Metro, Market Street surface transportation
Sign and Circulate the Petition: http://tinyurl.com/cmbyu3g
The Lynne Stewart Defense Committee and the SF Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild are sponsoring a demonstration demanding compassionate release for People’s Lawyer Lynne Stewart.
An outpouring of support is required once again to free renowned attorney Lynne Stewart. She has submitted a new application for compassionate release and received word on September 6 that FMC Carswell Warden Jody R. Upton had forwarded her papers to the Bureau of Prisons headquarters in Washington, D.C.
We must urge Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. to act expeditiously to review Lynne Stewart’s new application and to instruct the federal attorney to file a motion with the Bureau of Prisons’ recommendation of compassionate release. Judge John G. Koeltl has stated that he would consider the motion as soon as he receives it.
In July 2013, Lynne Stewart was given a conservative prognosis of 18 months by the oncologist contracted by the prison, meeting the new guidelines for compassionate release established by the Bureau of Prisons. Two months have passed since then and Lynne Stewart’s health is deteriorating rapidly.
Every day counts.
Please sign and distribute the new petition so that a letter from you is sent by email to Director Samuels and to Attorney General Holder. The petition is at http://tinyurl.com/cmbyu3g
Over 30,000 people in the United States and internationally signed the first petition. Numbers are even greater if we include the support from prominent organizations. We must send a strong message again that Lynne Stewart should be free.
On October 8, Lynne Stewart will be 74 years old. She has devoted her life to the impoverished and oppressed, first as a school librarian in Harlem, New York and then for 30 years as an unwavering criminal defense attorney who always put her client’s interests above her own.
We do not want Lynne Stewart to celebrate her 74th birthday on October 8th in prison, but should that be the case, she has asked us all to raise our voices in protest with vigils outside U.S. Court Houses and other public centers.