Support progressive Atty. Lynne Stewart
Progressive attorney Lynne Stewart won an
important round in a battle with the Ashcroft Justice
Department last July when a federal judge dismissed government
charges against her of "supporting terrorism" as
On Nov. 22, however, Stewart received another blow. The U.S.
government re-indicted her.
Stewart was charged with passing messages from her legal
client Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind cleric convicted by the
U.S. government of conspiracy to bomb the World Trade Center in
1993, to his followers. Attorney General John Ashcroft himself
announced the indictment, accompanied by a tempest of
At her initial arraignment, Stewart pleaded "emphatically
Now, as Stewart's attorneys prepare to file a pretrial
motion on Jan. 23, the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee asks
progressives to close ranks to win this case.
Stewart's lawyer Michael Tigar stresses that the government
case against his client has at least three fundamental flaws.
It's an attack on the First Amendment rights of free speech,
free press and petition; an attack on the right to effective
assistance of counsel; and the "evidence" was gathered by
invasion of private conversations, private attorney-client
meetings, faxes, letters and emails.
For information on how you can help support this important
struggle, visit the defense committee website: www.lynnestewart.org.
Reprinted from the Jan. 8, 2004, issue of
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