[Ppnews] Lynne Stewart ill

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu Jun 3 10:08:18 EDT 2010


Dear Friends of Lynne Stewart,

Forgive this hasty note updating Lynne's situation.

A regularly scheduled follow up test to check on whether Lynne's 
breast cancel had reappeared revealed that Lynne now had a spot on 
her liver. Lynne struggled with prison authorities to have a required 
biopsy and related tests conducted at her regular, that is, 
non-prison, Roosevelt Hospital. Her requests were denied and she was 
compelled to have the biopsy done in a notoriously inferior facility 
where the results could not be determined for a week as compared to 
the almost immediate lab tests available at Roosevelt.

During Lynne's prison hospital stay she was shackled and handcuffed 
making rest and sleep virtually impossible. A horrified doctor 
ordered the shackles removed but immediately following his departure 
they were fastened on Lynne's feet and hands once again.

She is now back in her New York City prison cell. Her attorneys have 
filed for a postponement of her scheduled July 15 court appearance 
where Federal District Court sentencing Judge John Koeltl is to 
review the original 28-month jail sentence that he imposed last year.

This sentence was appealed by government prosecutors, who sought to 
order Koelt to impose a 30-year sentence. The U.S. Court of Appeals, 
Second Circuit, was sympathetic to the government's position and 
essentially stated that Koeltl's 28-month sentence exceeded the 
bounds of "reasonableness." Koeltl was ordered to reconsider. A 
relatively recent Supreme Court decision granted federal district 
court judges wide discretion in determining the length of internment. 
Koeltl's decision took into consideration many factors that the court 
system allows in determining Lynne's sentence. These included Lynne's 
character, her service to the community, her health and financial 
history and more. He ruled, among other things that Lynne's service 
to the community was indeed a "credit to her profession and to the nation."

Contrariwise, the government and prison authorities see Lynne as a 
convicted terrorist. Lynne was the victim of a frame-up trial held in 
the post-911 context. She was convicted on four counts of "aiding and 
abetting terrorism" stemming from a single act, Lynne's issuance of a 
press release on behalf of her client, the "blind" Egyptian Shreik 
Omar Abdel Rachman. The press release, that the government claimed 
violated a Special Administrative Order (SAM), was originally ignored 
as essentially trivial by the Clinton administration and then 
Attorney General Janet Reno. But the Bush administration's Attorney 
General John Ashcroft decided to go after Lynne with a sledge hammer.

A monstrous trial saw government attorney's pulling out all the stops 
to convince an intimidated jury that Lynne was associated in some way 
with terrorist acts across the globe, not to mention with Osama bin 
Laden. Both the judge and government were compelled to admit in court 
that there were no such "associations," but press clippings found in 
Lynne's office were nevertheless admitted as "hearsay" evidence even 
though they were given to Lynne by the government under the rules of discovery.

It is likely that Lynne's request for a postponement will be granted, 
assuming the government holds to the law that a prisoner has the 
right to  partake in her/his own defense. Lynne's illness has 
certainly prevented her from doing so.

In the meantime, Lynne would like nothing more than to hear from her 
friends and associates. Down the road her defense team will also be 
looking for appropriate letters to the judge on Lynne's behalf. More 
later on the suggested content of these letters.

Please write Lynne to express your love and solidarity:

Lynne Stewart 53504-054
MCC-NY
150 Park Row
New York, New York 10007

In Solidarity,

Jeff Mackler, West Coast Coordinator
Lynne Stewart Defense Committee










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