Lynne Stewart, a movement attorney who was jailed for the “crime” of being the defense lawyer for alleged terrorist Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, is dying in prison of stage-four cancer.
The warden of Stewart’s prison has approved her compassionate release, however the Department of Prisons has so far refused to grant it.
Her case is another example of how the “war on terror” is being used to violate basic democratic rights, in this instance the right of those accused of a crime to legal representation, as well as the attorney-client privilege.
Stewart had a long career of defending the poor and political dissidents. As well as providing legal defense for many unknown people who could not afford to…