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Spurred on by racial desegregation and the start of the civil rights struggle, Klan activity was on the rise again by 1956, with units springing up in several states. The group terrified Blacks and white civil rights workers with cross burnings, beatings, bombings, death threats, even murder.
Prosecutors have called the case a major victory in the war on terrorism. They said Stewart and other defendants carried messages between the sheik and senior members of an Egyptian-based terrorist organization.
She had released a statement by Omar Abdel-Rahman
Originally posted by Griff
Care to quote where you are getting this information?
I didn't know that you can go to jail for writting a paper urging murder?
Why aren't all members of the KKK in jail? Because they're not Muslim?
I wasn't aware that plotting to kill anyone was a jailable offense
If I state in anger "I hope you die" to someone...will the thought police come and take me away?
Ok show me the law she broke. Which law states it is illegal to do what she did?
We don't know what the information was, who it was going to, or why.
Rahman is barred from any contact with the outside world beyond his immediate family and attorneys. As his lawyer, Stewart signed an agreement not to transmit messages from him to unauthorized people. In June 2000 she violated that agreement. After meeting with the sheik, Stewart called Reuters to say that he had withdrawn his personal support for a cease-fire then in place in Egypt.
[the indictment] alleged that by passing on the sheik's message, she'd offered "material support" in aid of terrorist activity.
it tried Stewart together with Ahmed Sattar, an Egyptian-born US citizen against whom it had thousands of hours of wiretaps of communications with a terrorist group. Among other things, Sattar had issued a fake fatwa urging followers to "kill [Jews] wherever they are."
played a tape of Osama bin Laden expressing support for the sheik. It introduced evidence [...]of a massacre in Egypt in which fifty-eight tourists were killed
Two days later she issued a clarification explaining that the sheik "did not cancel the cease-fire," but "left the matter to my brothers to examine it and study it because they are the ones who live there and they know the circumstances better than I."
Stewart should not have issued the release. Doing so violated the administrative agreement. But it is not a crime to violate such an agreement.
And the terrorism charge would require showing that Stewart's statement to the press was intended to support a particular terrorist act, when in fact the release did not call for or prompt any such act.
Originally posted by esdad71
If anyone, lawyer or not, are sending messages to known terrorists, they deserve what they get. All they have to do is remove themselves from the case, that is what I would have done. Then this would have never happened.
The judge said Stewart could remain free pending appeal, a process that could take more than a year.
Originally posted by drbennett
I dont know what you bleeding hearts are all worked up about anyway go save a rat somewhere!
Originally posted by Vitchilo
And those who say that she helped a terrorist, read the brillant grimpreaper's analysis.
comment | posted February 17, 2005 (March 7, 2005 issue)
The Lynne Stewart Trial