Justice for Traitors
Finally! A little justice for a traitor.
Veteran civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted Thursday of helping terrorists by smuggling messages of violence from one of her imprisoned clients -- a radical Egyptian sheik -- to his terrorist disciples on the outside.
The jury deliberated off-and-on over the past month in the case of Stewart, 65, a left-wing firebrand known for representing radicals and revolutionaries in her 30 years on the New York legal scene. The jury was in its 13th day of deliberations.
Stewart, who faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of giving material support to terrorists and defrauding the U.S. government, quickly vowed to appeal.
"We are not going to give up," a tearful Stewart said outside court. "We're going to fight on. This is the beginning of a larger struggle."
About two dozen Stewart supporters followed her out of court, chanting, "Hands off Lynne Stewart!" The lawyer will remain free on bail but cannot leave New York pending her July 15 sentencing.
The most serious counts on which she was convicted were conspiracy and providing and concealing material support of terrorism. When she heard the pronouncement, she began shaking her head and wiping her eyes.
The trial focused attention on the line between zealous advocacy and criminal behavior by a lawyer. Some defense lawyers saw the case as a government warning to attorneys to tread carefully in terrorism cases.
"..a left-wing firebrand" Don't you just love how the AP describes this woman. Allow me to translate: a left-wing firebrand = a crazed, wacked-out, Thorazine requiring Lefty Lunatic. If you don't remember, this
Of course all lunatics have their supporters. What about jobs, people? Too much time on people's hands is a dangerous thing. Though, I must say that I am pleased that the jury recognizes this insane woman for who she is: A Traitor to us all! Read the rest of the story to learn how the defense lawyers are trying to make the government out to be the big, bad boogie man in all of this. God forbid it be her fault that she smuggled forbidden notes out to other terrorists. Do you think he just wanted recipes?