Free Lynne Stewart!
Published Nov 18, 2009 10:08 PM
Lynne Stewart, who is affectionately known as the
“People’s Lawyer” for her tireless defense of clients in
social justice and human rights cases, has been ordered to prison after her
bail was revoked.
In 2005—as the U.S. government was using their phony “war on
terror” to justify their invasion of Iraq—Stewart was falsely
accused and convicted of aiding terrorists by forwarding messages from one of
her clients. She was sentenced to 28 months in prison in 2006, and has been
free on bail since that time, pending appeal.
Now the U.S. is whipping up another round of anti-Muslim hysteria and
repression—including the FBI assassination of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah
in Detroit, the attempted seizure of mosques and other properties from a Muslim
organization in New York, and the continued frame-ups and convictions of young
Muslim men such as the Fort Dix 5.
With this backdrop, a three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals not only upheld Stewart’s conviction on Nov. 17, but remanded the
case back to the judge who originally sentenced her, urging him to consider a
longer sentence. Prosecutors in the 2005 trial had wanted 30 years.
The “Justice for Lynne Stewart” Web site (www.lynnestewart.org)
describes the government’s case against Stewart as “an obvious
attempt ... to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, and install
fear in those who would fight against the U.S. government’s racism, seek
to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for free speech and defend the
rights of all oppressed people.”
Stewart, 70, is known for seeking justice not only in the courts but also on
the streets, appearing at many protests and rallies.
We must fight these attempts to shut down resistance. Free Lynne Stewart and
all political prisoners! Stop all attacks on Arab and Muslim peoples!
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