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Defend Lynne Stewart And Resist Repression

by Ralph Schoenman and Maya Shone Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2010 at 12:08 PM

The US government has targeted civil rights lawyer and NYC WBAI Board Member Lynne Stewart for her defense of frame-ups against Muslim political activists. They tactics to jail lawyers who challenge the US "War Against Terror" are part of the Obama and former Bush administration agenda to shutdown any political defense of civil and human rights.

Lynne Stewart has for forty years defended the poor and the oppressed

against arbitrary authority and false charges

Lynne Stewart, together with former Attorney-General Ramsey Clark and Abdeen

Jabar defended Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who was tried and convicted of

plotting to blow up noted landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge,

Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Statue of Liberty, and to assassinate

Senator Alphonse D’Amato and U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali

Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was innocent of these charges and had no part in

the initiation, planning or execution of these presumptive plots.

Indisputable and massive evidence has demonstrated that the Federal Bureau

of Investigation, through its operatives, including Emad Ali Salem, was, in

fact, the author of these plots and planned, initiated and financed these

and other acts of terror, including the bombing of the World Trade Center in

1993 in a “false flag” operation

Attorney General John Ashcroft launched a cynical campaign to persecute and

prosecute Lynne Stewart for “aiding and abetting terrorism” based upon her

serving as defense attorney for Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman

The Justice Department has undertaken the persecution and prosecution of

Lynne Stewart because she defended her falsely accused client zealously and

refused to be intimidated by the drumbeat of government propaganda arising

from its false “war on terror”

Lynne Stewart has been tried and convicted in District Court of JudgeJohn G.

Koeltl of aiding and abetting terrorism based solely on the fact that she

defended a man demonized by the State, for the purpose of creating a climate

of fear in the United States and public acquiescence in global wars of

conquest including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and beyond

Judge Koeltl sentenced Lynne Stewart to 28 months in Federal prison,

although the prosecution demanded 30 years imprisonment based upon

government “sentencing guidelines”

Lynne Stewart at 70 years of age with serious medical issues was remanded to

prison, even though her Appeal is under review and her potential further

Appeal to the Supreme Court is pending, and remanded her to prison despite

the fact that Lynne Stewart had surgery scheduled at a major New York


The prison authorities have denied Lynne Stewart her proper medication,

disallowed her surgery as scheduled and subjected her to treatment in prison

that places her survival in jeopardy

Judges on the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have issued additional

commentaries pressuring Judge Koeltl to increase the sentence of Lynne

Stewart by decades for “enhancing terrorism,” a demand based solely upon

Lynne Stewart’s presumptive “violation” of unconstitutional prison

administrative measures that require attorneys to agree in advance to

abrogate their right to disseminate publicly information pertaining to their

client’s status, views or advocacy.

Judge Sack of the Second Circuit Appellate Court, who urged a far more

severe sentence for Lynne Stewart, was for many years a law partner of Judge

Mukasey, the judge who sentenced Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman to 100 years

imprisonment, yet Judge Sack refused to recuse himself and led the charge

demanding a massive increase in the sentence imposed on Lynne Stewart

Judge Mukasey advocated in the Wall Street Journal, shortly before becoming

Attorney General, that people accused of “terrorism” should be denied due

process and condemned to indefinite detention in a “parallel judicial

system” that treats such people as ”mental deficients” to be ordered by

administrative decree to mental institutions

This persecution and prosecution of Lynne Stewart by a criminal state is a

direct parallel to the historic Dreyfus Case that gave rise to the expose of

the corruption and cynicism of the French government by Emile Zola in his

historic declaration entitled “J’Accuse” (I Accuse!)

The persecution and prosecution of Lynne Stewart is a calculated threat to

every lawyer in the United States who defends clients targeted and demonized

by a criminal State

The New York Times on March 8, 2010 in its lead editorial entitled “Are You

or Have You Ever Been a Lawyer?” raises the alarm that “in this era,

demagogues on the right are smearing loyal Americans as disloyal and

charging that the government is being undermined from within”

The New York Times editorial states that cynical and dishonest people “twist

the role of lawyers in the justice system” and states emphatically that “In

representing Guatanamo detainees, they were in no way advocating for

terrorism. They were ensuring that deeply disliked individuals were able to

make their case in court, even ones charged with heinous acts – and that the

Constitution was defended”

The New York Times editorial concludes,“If lawyers who take on controversial

causes are demonized with impunity, it will be difficult for unpopular

people to get representation – and constitutional rights that protect all

Americans will be weakened”

The Justice Department of George W. Bush and Barack Obama in framing an

innocent man, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, and the subsequent persecution,

prosecution, conviction and draconian sentencing of Lynne Stewart, threaten

not merely every defense lawyer, but every inhabitant of the United States

with drastic curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties, and seeks

to eliminate our ability to expose and oppose criminal wars abroad and

repressive measures at home

Join in this urgent campaign and support public meetings involving a broad

coalition of civil rights,human rights, anti-war, 9/11 Truth and labor

organizations to defend Lynne Stewart and the fundamental democratic rights

now at risk, to which her life has been devoted and that her case embodies.

∑ Call upon Judge Koeltl to defy attempts by judges on the Second Circuit to

usurp his own proper judgment and jurisdiction by dictating a vengeful

sentence that is a death sentence upon the U.S. constitution.

∑ Write accordingly directly to: The Honorable Judge John G. Koeltl, United

States District Judge, Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl Street, New

York, N.Y. 10013.

∑ Email copies of your letter to Judge Koeltl to Ralph Poynter and Lynne

Stewart at Ralph.Poynter [at] /

info [at] [at] and obtain ongoing information.

∑ Mail a copy of your letter to Judge Koeltl to the Lynne Stewart Defense

Committee at 350 Broadway, Suite 700, N.Y., N.Y. 10013




Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to defending the poor and the oppressed.

After forty years of exposing government targeting of the most vulnerable

and exploited in our society, the government has now acted to bury her


The government prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart is

based solely upon the fact that she joined former Attorney-General Ramsey

Clark and attorney Abdeen Jabbar in defending Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman

against the trumped up charge that he organized and implemented a terrorist

plot to blow up noted landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge,

Lincoln Tunnel, Statue of Liberty and United Nations, along with planning to

assassinate then Senator Alphonse D’Amato and former U.N. Secretary General

Boutros-Boutros Ghali.

These charges were false. The plot was entirely an FBI plan designed to

ensnare young men attending the mosque of the Sheikh in order to create a

climate of fear in the United States and to provide a pretext for wars

abroad and the drastic infringement of democratic rights at home.

These are the stakes in the government’s own conspiracy against all defense

lawyers who dare to represent those targeted by a criminal State.

Even federal investigators, high-ranking Justice Department lawyers and

Attorney General Janet Reno herself doubted the evidence. The Los Angeles

Times reported on August 28, 1993 that “For weeks, federal investigators

privately voiced their doubts about the quality of the evidence supporting

the government’s case against Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman.”

“But in the end,” the article revealed, “Attorney General Janet Reno

overcame her own misgivings, as well as those of her subordinates and

concluded that the alleged conspiracy was ‘a case that had to be


The then Attorney General was muscled into proceeding with false charges

against the Sheikh arising from a plot prepared by the F.B.I. itself, as

documented in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and London Times.

Lynne Stewart was herself convicted in a trial where endless hours of

footage of Osama bin Laden and the attacks of September 11th, 2001 – all

entirely unrelated to the events of 1993 – were allowed by the court to be

introduced in trial in a reckless and illegal attempt to frighten and

intimidate the jury.

In a case that is a watershed in the direct assault upon democratic rights

in the United States, Lynne Stewart has been railroaded to prison in an

ominous threat to any attorney who defends people falsely accused and

targeted by the U.S. government. If lawyers can be enfolded within the crime

imputed to the client they defend, merely for acting as their attorney, no

one can get a fair trial in the United States.

The basis of the government’s claim that Lynne Stewart “aided and supported

terrorism” by defending Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman is that she released a

Press Release to Reuters and other news agencies containing the views of the

Sheikh on political events in Egypt!

Unconstitutional restrictions upon defense lawyers had been introduced in

the form of new prison administrative procedures called Special

Administrative Measures or SAMS. These measures required attorneys to agree

not to disseminate information pertaining to their clients.

Thus, while the government uses the Press without restraint to orchestrate

official propaganda promoting prosecutorial claims, defense lawyers are to

be denied the right to use the press to advocate for their clients and to

present their clients opinions and ideas.

The sole penalty for violating these arbitrary administrative restrictions

upon the constitutional rights of defense attorneys is that the prison can

deny access by the lawyer to the defendant until the matter is resolved.

Even these SAMS – designed to muzzle lawyers and prevent them from

exercising their free speech rights and to restrict illegally their ability

to defend their clients in the public arena – are strictly administrative


To defy them – as Ramsey Clark and Abdeen Jabbar elected to do – no less

than Lynne Stewart - carries no legal consequences for the attorney. To

breach these administrative restraints is not a crime or an act for which

the perpetrator can be charged or prosecuted.

Yet in a mockery of the entire judicial process, the Second Circuit

Appellate Judges have deployed the breach of these prison administrative

rulings as a major crime – one of “enhancing terrorism” and of “perjury” for

which decades of imprisonment are in order!

The comments by judges in the Second Circuit are without even the pretence

of a judicial or legal basis. They are political rants and reckless threats

to Judge Koeltl demanding that he increase the28 month sentence of Lynne

Stewart to decades in prison.

The statements by several Second Circuit Judges are injudicious, hysterical

assertions that the Sheikh is one of the most dangerous terrorists in the

world. The Second Circuit judges cite a speech that Lynne Stewart gave to a

public meeting of law students – patent hearsay derived from newspaper

reports - in which Lynne is quoted as stating that she had done nothing

wrong in advocating for her client and would do it again.

Second Circuit Judges assert that their statements are “a wink and a nod” to

Judge Koeltl, letting him understand that unless he increases the sentence

of Lynne Stewart to decades in prison, the U.S. government will appeal again

and send the case right back to the Second Circuit, at which time these

Second Circuit judges will take matters into their own hands and mandate a

sentence of decades in prison.

On the basis of this speech, these judges label Lynne a “recidivist enhancer

of terror” and a “perjurer.” Rarely has their been so brazen an abandonment

of judicial impartiality and respect for the law as exhibited by these

hanging judges of the Second Circuit.

It is a measure of the subversion of the entire judicial process and of

constitutional protections and basic democratic rights that these judges

emulate Alice in Wonderland with scarcely veiled threats to Judge Koeltl as

they proclaim “Off with her head!”

Lynne Stewart at 70 years of age has survived cancer, suffers from high

blood pressure, has been deprived of her medication and denied the surgery

that was scheduled prior to her being remanded to prison in a crass display

of contempt for common decency.

The Second Circuit judges revoked her bail in November 2009 ignoring the

fact that her Appeal remains under review and a potential Appeal to the

Supreme Court is pending.

∑ Mobilize in defense of Lynne Stewart and against the architecture of the

fascist State under rapid construction in America.

∑ Proclaim that Lynne Stewart’s is the Dreyfus Case of our time and that

today as then a criminal state wages wars of genocide abroad and

authoritarian repression at home while seeking to scapegoat a heroic

defender of the oppressed, thus betraying the legacy of the American


∑ Organize large numbers of people to gather outside and inside Judge

Koeltl’s Courtroom at 500 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan when Lynne

Stewart is scheduled to be re-sentenced on July 15.

∑ Write personal letters to Judge Koeltl opposing the destruction of

democratic rights and the threat to all attorneys embodied in the reckless

persecution and prosecution of Lynne Stewart

∑ Remind the Judge that Lynne Stewart has, in his own words, been a national

treasure reflecting a lifetime of devoted public service and that he should

treat her accordingly and reserve draconian sentencing for the torturers and

the wagers of wars of aggression.

∑ Call upon Judge Koeltl to defy attempts by judges on the Second Circuit to

usurp his own proper judgment and jurisdiction by dictating a vengeful

sentence that is a death sentence upon the U.S. constitution.

∑ Write accordingly directly to: The Honorable Judge John G. Koeltl, United

States District Judge, Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl Street, New

York, N.Y. 10013.

∑ Email copies of your letter to Judge Koeltl to Ralph Poynter and Lynne

Stewart at Ralph.Poynter [at] /

info [at] [at] and obtain ongoing information.

∑ Mail a copy of your letter to Judge Koeltl to the Lynne Stewart Defense

Committee at 350 Broadway, Suite 700, N.Y., N.Y. 10013



Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone

email: rbs1 [at]

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