[Ppnews] Govt. seeking authorization to appeal Lynne Stewart's sentence

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Thu Nov 9 14:50:20 EST 2006

Govt. seeking authorization from Solicitor General to appeal Lynne 
Stewart's sentence (and that of her co-defendants)

November 9, 2006

Hello All,

I am writing to update you on that status of Lynne Stewart's case 
after her sentencing on October 16th.  While we were all relieved 
that Lynne did not get 30 years, the Government has announced that it 
has gone to the Solicitor General of the United States Justice 
Department for authorization to appeal her sentence and that of her 
co-defendants.  They are not challenging the bail pending appeal but 
state that they will only agree to one 30 day adjournment of the 
filing of the appeal because they want everyone serving their 
sentences as soon as possible.  What does all this mean for 
Lynne?  Lynne's attorneys are not surprised that the government wants 
to appeal her sentence.  Although sentences are not usually appealed 
it does happen and case law in the 2nd Circuit which governs Lynne's 
case shows that although rare, when a sentence is appealed and the 
Circuit sends the case back for resentencing the result is a far 
longer sentence.  We are hopeful that Judge Koeltl's meticulous 
sentencing decision will carry the day but we have no guarantees and 
must continue our vigilance in the face of this latest move by the 
government.   Of course Lynne's attorneys will be filing the appeal 
of her conviction within the year.

Remember to save the date and join us in an "Ode to Joy & 
Struggle".  December 9th 6:30  to ?  The evening will be held at the 
beautifully renovated Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square 
South (near Thompson St.) in the West Village, New York City.  The 
event is mostly one of joy but of course the struggle continues.  We 
will also be commemorating Mumia Abu Jamal's 25 years behind bars and 
to that end we will hear from:

Lynne Stewart - her case and current legal status

Pam Africa
Chair of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is currently 
determining whether Abu-Jamal will be granted a new trial or sent 
back to death row, which is the district attorney's preference. 
Speaking about this at our event is Pam Africa, who will be joining 
us after the annual rally in Philadelphia, which recognizes the day 
Mumia Abu Jamal was shot and framed.


Robert Meeropol
Executive Director, Rosenberg Fund for Children


Robert Meeropol is the founder and Executive Director of the 
Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC). For the last 30 years he has been 
an activist, writer and public speaker. He has successfully sued the 
federal government and through the RFC, has assisted hundreds of 
children whose parents also have been attacked for their social 
activism. Robert is also the author of AN EXECUTION IN THE FAMILY 
(now available in paperback from St. Martin's Press.) This political 
memoir chronicles Meeropol's journey from childhood victim of 
McCarthy-era repression; to 1960's militant activist; to politically 
engaged parent and law student; to founder and leader of the 
Rosenberg Fund for Children. ODE TO JOY AND STRUGGLE

Join Lynne Stewart and the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee in


for your support over these last 4+ years
and uniting for the struggle ahead

Saturday, December 9th , 7pm till .......
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY


Lynne Stewart
Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Robert Meeropol. Executive Director, Rosenberg Fund for Children

Music by:

Selah Eric Spruiell and The Fort Greene Project
Urbano Sanchez, Latin Jazz
Professor Louie and Fast Eddy
Professor Irwin Corey and Randy Credico
and MUCH more
(comedy, Latin jazz, rap)

Great Food & Drink provided

Judson Memorial Church resides on the southern edge of Washington 
Square Park between Thompson and Sullivan Streets. Accessible by 
subway from the 8th Street / NYU N and R stop, the West 4th Street A, 
C, E, F and V stop or the Christopher Street / Sheridan Square 1, 2, 
and 9 stop.

Mobility Handicapped please enter through Thompson Street entrance.

Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
350 Broadway, Suite 700
New York, NY 10013

The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-9977
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