[Ppnews] Support Lynne Stewart

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Tue Mar 30 10:25:33 EDT 2010


Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to defending the poor and the oppressed.
After forty years of exposing government targeting of the most vulnerable
and exploited in our society, the government has now acted to bury her

The government prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart is
based solely upon the fact that she joined former Attorney-General Ramsey
Clark and attorney Abdeen Jabbar in defending Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman
against the trumped up charge that he organized and implemented a terrorist
plot to blow up noted landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge,
Lincoln Tunnel, Statue of Liberty and United Nations, along with planning to
assassinate then Senator Alphonse D¹Amato and former U.N. Secretary General
Boutros-Boutros Ghali.

These charges were false. The plot was entirely an FBI plan designed to
ensnare young men attending the mosque of the Sheikh in order to create a
climate of fear in the United States and to provide a pretext for wars
abroad and the drastic infringement of democratic rights at home.

These are the stakes in the government's own conspiracy against all defense
lawyers who dare to represent those targeted by a criminal State.

Even federal investigators, high-ranking Justice Department lawyers and
Attorney General Janet Reno herself doubted the evidence. The Los Angeles
Times reported on August 28, 1993 that "For weeks, federal investigators
privately voiced their doubts about the quality of the evidence supporting
the government¹s case against Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman."

"But in the end," the article revealed,  "Attorney General Janet Reno
overcame her own misgivings, as well as those of her subordinates and
concluded that the alleged conspiracy was a case that had to be

The then Attorney General was muscled into proceeding with false charges
against the Sheikh arising from a plot prepared by the F.B.I. itself, as
documented in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and London Times.

Lynne Stewart was herself convicted in a trial where endless hours of
footage of Osama bin Laden and the attacks of September 11th, 2001  all
entirely unrelated to the events of 1993  were allowed by the court to be
introduced in trial in a reckless and illegal attempt to frighten and
intimidate the jury.

In a case that is a watershed in the direct assault upon democratic rights
in the United States, Lynne Stewart has been railroaded to prison in an
ominous threat to any attorney who defends people falsely accused and
targeted by the U.S. government. If lawyers can be enfolded within the crime
imputed to the client they defend, merely for acting as their attorney, no
one can get a fair trial in the United States.

The basis of the government's claim that Lynne Stewart "aided and supported
terrorism" by defending Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman is that she released a
Press Release to Reuters and other news agencies containing the views of the
Sheikh on political events in Egypt!

Unconstitutional restrictions upon defense lawyers had been introduced in
the form of new prison administrative procedures called Special
Administrative Measures or SAMS. These measures required attorneys to agree
not to disseminate information pertaining to their clients.

Thus, while the government uses the Press without restraint to orchestrate
official propaganda promoting prosecutorial claims, defense lawyers are to
be denied the right to use the press to advocate for their clients and to
present their clients opinions and ideas.

The sole penalty for violating these arbitrary administrative restrictions
upon the constitutional rights of defense attorneys is that the prison can
deny access by the lawyer to the defendant until the matter is resolved.

Even these SAMS  designed to muzzle lawyers and prevent them from
exercising their free speech rights and to restrict illegally their ability
to defend their clients in the public arena  are strictly administrative

To defy them  as Ramsey Clark and Abdeen Jabbar elected to do  no less
than Lynne Stewart  - carries no legal consequences for the attorney. To
breach these administrative restraints is not a crime or an act for which
the perpetrator can be charged or prosecuted.

Yet in a mockery of the entire judicial process, the Second Circuit
Appellate Judges have deployed the breach of these prison administrative
rulings as a major crime  one of "enhancing terrorism" and of "perjury"  for
which decades of imprisonment are in order!

The comments by judges in the Second Circuit are without even the pretence
of a judicial or legal basis. They are political rants and reckless threats
to Judge Koeltl demanding that he increase the 28 month sentence of Lynne
Stewart to decades in prison.

The statements by several Second Circuit Judges are injudicious, hysterical
assertions that the Sheikh is one of the most dangerous terrorists in the
world. The Second Circuit judges cite a speech that Lynne Stewart gave to a
public meeting of law students  patent hearsay derived from newspaper
reports - in which Lynne is quoted as stating that she had done nothing
wrong in advocating for her client and would do it again.

Second Circuit Judges assert that their statements are "a wink and a nod" to
Judge Koeltl, letting him understand that unless he increases the sentence
of Lynne Stewart to decades in prison, the U.S. government will appeal again
and send the case right back to the Second Circuit, at which time these
Second Circuit judges will take matters into their own hands and mandate a
sentence of decades in prison.

On the basis of this speech, these judges label Lynne a "recidivist enhancer
of terror" and a "perjurer." Rarely has their been so brazen an abandonment
of judicial impartiality and respect for the law as exhibited by these
hanging judges of the Second Circuit.

It is a measure of the subversion of the entire judicial process and of
constitutional protections and basic democratic rights that these judges
emulate Alice in Wonderland with  scarcely veiled threats to Judge Koeltl as
they proclaim "Off with her head!"

Lynne Stewart at 70 years of age has survived cancer, suffers from high
blood pressure, has been deprived of her medication and denied the surgery
that was scheduled prior to her being remanded to prison in a crass display
of contempt for common decency.

The Second Circuit judges revoked her bail in November 2009 ignoring the
fact that her Appeal remains under review and a potential Appeal to the
Supreme Court is pending.

Mobilize in defense of Lynne Stewart and against the architecture of the
fascist State under rapid construction in America.

Proclaim that Lynne Stewart¹s is the Dreyfus Case of our time and that
today as then a criminal state wages wars of genocide abroad and
authoritarian repression at home while seeking to scapegoat a heroic
defender of the oppressed, thus betraying the legacy of the American

Organize large numbers of people to gather outside and inside Judge
Koeltl's  Courtroom at 500 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan when Lynne
Stewart is scheduled to be re-sentenced on July 15.

Write personal letters to Judge Koeltl opposing the destruction of
democratic rights and the threat to all attorneys embodied in the reckless
persecution and prosecution of Lynne Stewart.

Remind the Judge that Lynne Stewart has, in his own words, been a national
treasure reflecting a lifetime of devoted public service and that he should
treat her accordingly and reserve draconian sentencing for the torturers and
the wagers of wars of aggression.

Call upon Judge Koeltl to defy attempts by judges on the Second Circuit to
usurp his own proper judgment and jurisdiction by dictating a vengeful
sentence that is a death sentence upon the U.S. constitution.

Write accordingly directly to: The Honorable Judge John G. Koeltl, United
States District Judge, Southern  District of New York, 500 Pearl Street, New
York,  N.Y. 10013.

Email copies of your letter to Judge Koeltl to Ralph Poynter and Lynne
Stewart at <mailto:Ralph.Poynter at yahoo.com>Ralph.Poynter at yahoo.com /
<mailto:info at lynnestewart.org>info at lynnestewart.org./<mailto:takingaim at pacbell.net>takingaim at pacbell.net 
and obtain ongoing information.

Mail a copy of your letter to Judge Koeltl to the Lynne Stewart Defense
Committee at 350 Broadway, Suite 700, N.Y., N.Y. 10013

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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