posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 12:01 PM
Lynne Stewart, a New York attorney, was convicted by a Manhattan federal jury of providing material aid to terrorism and of lying to the U.S.
government by passing messages from her client Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman to his followers. Rahman is in prison for planning several terrorist attacks in
New York City and Egypt. Stewart faces up to 35 years in prison. The decision was applauded by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as a victory in
the War on Terror.
NEW YORK — A veteran civil rights lawyer was convicted Thursday of crossing the line by smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed
clients — a radical Egyptian sheik — to his terrorist disciples on the outside.
The jury deliberated 13 days over the past month before convicting Lynne Stewart, 65, a firebrand, left-wing activist known for representing radicals
and revolutionaries in her 30 years on the New York legal scene.
The trial, which began last June, focused attention on the line between zealous advocacy and criminal behavior by a lawyer. Some defense lawyers saw
the case as a government warning to attorneys to tread carefully in terrorism cases.
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This was the proper decision because we can't have jailed terrorist leaders still able to direct terrorist activity from jail by communicating
through their lawyers. If the communication had not been uncovered, lives could have been lost due to terrorist activities in Egypt. Stewart deserves
the maximum penalty to help prevent this from ever happening again.
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