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        3/4/2017<br>
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        Ralph Poynter told me the following very sad news tonight, and
        has authorized me to distribute it publicly:<br>
        <br>
        Our beloved People's Champion Lynne Stewart suffered a major
        stroke last Wednesday, the latest complication from the cancer
        that has now spread throughout her body and invaded her brain.
        She is resting comfortably at home and is not in pain, but can
        only speak sporadically. Her doctor has said she does not have
        much time left.<br>
        <br>
        Ralph and Sister Betty Davis are of course taking good care of
        her, as are her doctor-daughter Zenobia Brown and long-term
        friend of 63 years Virginia Gernes. <b>Ralph welcomes your
          phone calls (at 917-853-9759) and emails (at </b><b><a
            class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated"
            href="mailto:ralph.poynter@gmail.com">ralph.poynter@gmail.com</a>
        </b><b>).</b> Because of the high expense of Lynne's care, Betty
        will soon be launching an online fundraising campaign. Stay
        tuned.<br>
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        I learned all this minutes after Ralph accepted an award for
        Lynne at a major public event by the Malcolm X Commemoration
        Committee, which honored a large group of lawyers and doctors
        who have supported U.S. political prisoners. As we know, for
        years Lynne went out of her way to provide strong representation
        to a pantheon of dedicated radical activists facing prison --
        before she herself suffered a similar, cruel fate.<br>
        <br>
        Let's all send Lynne, Ralph & Betty our hugs, love, and best
        wishes for this final journey. Such a heroic fighter - Lynne, we
        love you!<br>
        <br>
        Bob Lederer<font size="-2"><br>
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        <b>Sister Betty Davis has posted the donation web page to help
          with Lynne's personal needs. Please donate generously:</b><b><br>
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        <h1 id="reader-title">Lynne F. Stewart, Lawyer for ‘Blind
          Sheikh’ Omar Abdel Rahman, Has No Regrets</h1>
        <div id="reader-credits" class="credits">Benjamin Weiser - FEB.
          24, 2017</div>
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              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="195" data-total-count="1169"
                id="story-continues-2">Ms. Stewart sought an early
                release from prison while serving a 10-year <a
href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/nyregion/lynne-stewarts-10-year-prison-sentence-is-upheld.html">sentence</a>
                for smuggling messages from the imprisoned Mr. Abdel
                Rahman, known as the blind sheikh, to his followers in
                Egypt.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="235" data-total-count="1404"
                id="story-continues-3">She had been found to have breast
                cancer, and in 2012, doctors at the Federal Medical
                Center, Carswell, in Fort Worth, said that the cancer
                had spread to her lungs, lymph system and bones,
                according to court papers filed by her lawyer.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="416" data-total-count="1820">Ms.
                Stewart said in a 12-page handwritten letter to the
                judge in 2013: “Isolated, in hospital, as I now am, I
                have time to contemplate life and death. I do not intend
                to go ‘gently into that good night,’ as Dylan Thomas
                wrote. There is much to be done in this world. I do know
                that I do not want to die here in prison — a strange and
                loveless place. I want to be where all is familiar — in
                a word, home.”</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="404" data-total-count="2224">The judge,
                John G. Koeltl of Federal District Court in Manhattan,
                ultimately granted Ms. Stewart a compassionate release
                after a request by the government, which said that she
                qualified for such release because she had a terminal,
                incurable illness with a life expectancy of less than 18
                months, and because of the relatively limited risk, if
                she were released, of recidivism and danger to the
                community.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="341" data-total-count="2565"
                id="story-continues-4">Ms. Stewart was interviewed on
                Thursday in her living room in Brooklyn, where she was
                joined by her husband, Ralph Poynter, and later that day
                on the phone, one day after she had returned home from
                her latest treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
                Center. Doctors had told her that she had suffered a
                “couple of strokes,” she said.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="362" data-total-count="2927">“I would
                say I’m on the upbeat,” Ms. Stewart said. “I’m lucky to
                have Sloan Kettering.” Although she said that she was
                not happy about her latest medical setback, she added,
                “These are things they can deal with, and I expect them
                to deal with it, because I want to do still so many
                wonderful things in this world for other people and for
                myself.”</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="160" data-total-count="3087"
                id="story-continues-5">She said that Mr. Abdel Rahman
                once joked with her that “he hoped that I would become a
                Muslim because that was the only way I could be in
                heaven with him.”</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="40" data-total-count="3127">“Paradise,”
                Mr. Poynter interjected.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="81" data-total-count="3208">“Paradise,”
                Ms. Stewart corrected herself. She said that she was
                nontheistic.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="136" data-total-count="3344">Ms.
                Stewart, who has been disbarred, had represented other
                notorious clients but her career was inextricably linked
                to Mr. Abdel Rahman.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="416" data-total-count="3760"
                id="story-continues-6">Mr. Abdel Rahman was <a
href="http://www.nytimes.com/1995/10/02/nyregion/terror-conspiracy-overview-sheik-9-followers-guilty-conspiracy-terrorism.html">convicted</a>
                in 1995 of plotting what prosecutors said was a campaign
                of urban terror in the United States. They said it
                included the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center,
                which killed six people, and was to have included
                targets like the United Nations and the Lincoln and
                Holland Tunnels. Prosecutors said Mr. Abdel Rahman’s
                exhortations to his followers amounted to directing the
                conspiracy.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="285" data-total-count="4045"
                id="story-continues-7">Ms. Stewart had argued that her
                client’s fiery sermons were protected under the First
                Amendment. But a federal appeals court said, “his
                speeches were not simply the expression of ideas; in
                some instances they constituted the crime of conspiracy
                to wage war on the United States.”</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="287" data-total-count="4332"
                id="story-continues-8">Andrew C. McCarthy, the lead
                prosecutor of Mr. Abdel Rahman and his co-defendants,
                said on Thursday: “The blind sheikh was neither an
                American nor a hero — he was the antithesis of both. He
                would have been offended at the former suggestion, and
                all civilized people at the latter.”</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="182" data-total-count="4514">Mr. Abdel
                Rahman <a
href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/world/middleeast/omar-abdel-rahman-dead.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FAbdel%20Rahman%2C%20Omar&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=collection">died</a>
                at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North
                Carolina at 78. A prison spokesman said the cause was
                complications of diabetes and coronary artery disease.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="515" data-total-count="5029">An exhibit
                in the federal courthouse at 40 Foley Square
                commemorating the 125th anniversary of the United States
                Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit includes a
                display of major terrorism appeals that were heard
                there. Ms. Stewart’s case — and her photograph — are
                prominently displayed, with cases like those of Mr.
                Abdel Rahman; Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who carried out the
                1993 World Trade Center bombing; and four Qaeda
                operatives who conspired in the 1998 bombings of two
                American embassies in East Africa.</p>
              <p class="story-body-text story-content"
                data-para-count="141" data-total-count="5170"
                id="story-continues-9" data-node-uid="1">“I definitely
                don’t think I should be up there,” Ms. Stewart said,
                when told of the exhibit. “I’m a nothing in this whole
                thing.”</p>
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