‘Accompany human rights lawyer to court’
Lynne Stewart to be sentenced Oct. 16
Published Oct 5, 2006 8:15 PM
Catch a train or a plane,
walk, hail a cab or carpool it, but show up for court in lower Manhattan on
Monday, Oct. 16, when human rights defense lawyer Lynne Stewart faces
Supporters of this long-time
legal activist from far and wide are asked to accompany Stewart to court that
morning at 9 a.m. An overflow crowd will rally in Foley Square at Centre and
On the eve of sentencing,
a rally and tribute to Stewart has been organized to honor her long legal
efforts and activist political life. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Riverside
Church—between 120 and 122 Streets and Riverside Drive on the Upper West
Side of Manhattan.
Stewart, who is 66
years old, is facing decades in prison. She was convicted for violating a gag
order imposed on her client, Muslim cleric Sheik Abdel-Rahman.
Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft had
actually announced Stewart’s indictment on the David Letterman show in
After her conviction, the
National Lawyers Guild stated: “The U.S. Department of Justice was
resolute from day one in making a symbol out of Lynne Stewart in support of its
campaign to deny people charged with crimes of effective legal representation.
The government is bent on intimidating attorneys from providing zealous
representation to unpopular
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