[Ppnews] Lynne Stewart, A Letter to Friends: Buried Alive, But Fighting On
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Tue Oct 5 17:16:10 EDT 2010
For those who don't know [Lynne] Stewart is a 70 year old radical
attorney who was imprisoned for staunchly defending her clients -- as
a post-911 threat to other leftist and progressive attorneys to "back off"....
Buried Alive, But Fighting On
A Letter to Friends from Lynne Stewart
In the best-selling Steig Larsson trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon
Tattoo,The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the
Hornet's Nest, the heroine, Lisbeth Salander, a hardwired, brilliant
young computer genius is shot and presumed to be dead, but is
actually buried alive by the antagonist. He is a prototype of the
cruel, greedy, misogynistic, exploiter.
She claws herself out of her premature grave and, indomitable and
focused,defeats him. Finally by the end of volume three she has
triumphed-using her own brains and, relying on her friends and
comrades-over the entire corrupt corporate, governmental, military
power structure that had been trying to oppress and suppress her, her
Thursday, July 15, Federal Judge John Koeltl attempted to bury me alive.
Acting for the Government and Judges of the Second Circuit Court of
Appeals, he sentenced me at their demand, to more than five times the
term he originally thought "right and just." With his new sentence,
of ten years, I am buried in the Prison Industrial Complex until I am
nearly 80 years old, if I make it. But, believe me, I, like Lisbeth
Salander, intend to lift the dirt off and, even if weakened and
wounded, regain my voice and strength!
Like Lisbeth, I too will always fight back. Justice has been my life,
and upholding the Bill of Rights, my joy to defend and utilize on
behalf of the People. Since I am now reduced to asking everyone's
support and help for personal problems, whether medical or
designation of my prison, or other legal issues, I want everyone to
know what's expected and to have immediate connection to the people
who will continue to be responsible for me and getting the word out.
Along with that, I hope you will maintain contact if there is an
opportunity where you live or at an event sponsored by your
organization, to speak out about my current situation and highlight
the injustice of increasing my sentence only to satisfy the most
conservative judicial elements and feed the fear of the so-called war
Sources:1. Website, complete with sentencing minutes and submissions
to the Court, articles, comment, letters, and upcoming events:
Live persons: Ralph Poynter, 917 853-9759;
email: Lynne Stewart Organization: 1lawyerleft at gmail.com3.
Snail Mail: Lynne Stewart, #555304054, MCC NY, 150 Park Row, New
York, NY10007, or Ralph Poynter, 1020 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 112164.
Email: <mailto:1lawyerleft at gmail.com>1lawyerleft at gmail.com
Medical: I still have a number of unresolved conditions-mysterious
spot on my uterus to be checked (biopsy) for possible cancer,
monitoring of bladder condition, a newly discovered kidney stone. My
chronic problems undertreatment-diabetes, high blood pressure,
cholesterol and assorted aches and pains and annoyances of aging! The
Judge directed that I stay at MCC in NewYork City so that my doctor
will continue to be responsible for my treatment. Our daughter, Dr.
Zenobia Brown, will continue to consult with him.
Prisons: The Judge also directed that I remain at MCC during the
pursuit of an appeal. He also recommended to the Bureau of Prisons
that I be sent for imprisonment to Danbury FCI in Connecticut, about
two hours driving, or on Metro North Rail line, from New York City.
Visiting conditions will be much better and I will be able to see
more of my family and supporters for longer periods in more
ameliorative surroundings. Of course, the Bureau of Prisons is a law
unto itself and if it decides I need to go elsewhere, the Judge's
recommendation doesn't control. There are a limited number of women's
prisons. They are in Minnesota, Florida, California, and West Virginia.
There is also the Federal Prison Hospital for Women in Carswell,
Texas (near Fort Worth).
The Numbers: ten years equals 120 months; 87 percent Good Time Credit
for Good Behavior equals 104.4 months; Already Served, equals eight
months.Totaled out, it is approximately eight years. The last six to
12 months is usually served in a halfway house (but nothing about
this case has ever been usual!) The Grand Total is 84 months more to go.
Where so we go from here legally?
Court-wise, we are still making decisions about Possibilities of
Appeals, Campaigns for Commutation, Clemency, etc. Keep in touch with
the Web Page.
There will always be issues for me. Incidentally, I mentioned at
sentencing that I had volunteered to teach GED and Literacy in here,
and had been turned down - BOP regulations. They have neither
program, nor any education program for the women. The following
Monday, a sign-up sheet was posted for...GED and Literacy classes, a
first here according to long term prisoners!!! The classes have
started. You never know what can work! I was also asked how much time
I could give. We'll see.
Just as the establishment tried to finish off Lisbeth Salander by
burying her alive, I too am trying to dig myself out. Give me an
assist. Continue the work. That is most important to me. Join the
ongoing campaigns for Justice for the Scott sisters, MumiaAbu-Jamal,
Leonard Peltier, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace (of The AngolaThree).
Remember All the Political Prisoners. Write to them. Put a little
something in their commissary.
Force the government to End the Imperialist Wars.
Fight Racism. Fight for Palestine.
Challenge the Politicians. Demand that they tell you where they stand on Me.
Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist!
My gratitude and boundless embraces for everything everyone has done.
53504-054 MCC-NY 2-S
150 Park Row
New York, NY 10007
July 21, 2010
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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