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Lynne Stewart Loses Terrorism Appeal, Sent to Prison

Lynne Stewart was sent to prison this week, after an appeals court upheld her conviction in a 2005 terrorism case.

Stewart, 70, began serving a 28-month sentence for smuggling out messages from her client, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. He is serving a life sentence for plotting to bomb a number of targets in New York City.

In 2006, NOW’s Maria Hinojosa spoke to Stewart about her conviction. The ex-lawyer said she would still defend Rahman if she had the chance to do it all over again.

“I had a client, and I cared very much for him, it's what happens, it's what happens with good defense lawyers. We get into a position where the client is very close to us,” Stewart told NOW.

"He [Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman] had harsh words for the United States but I never believed that he had formed an intent to hurt anyone in the United States."

Comments (3)

I heard a great interview with Lynne Stewart on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. I'm so grateful for such dedicated people who help to give proper justice, proper defense to anyone and everyone in our justice system. I'm very sad to see her receive this sentence.

Keith Ela

Stewart betrayed the trust of the Nation and as an officer of the court sought to undermine it's authority. She may not have pulled the trigger that killed all those people in Egypt, but she sure help to load the weapon....... She deserves a far tougher sentence than she got.

Flying a plane has always been a dream of mine, enjoyed reading your website.

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