Speaking Event: Lynne Stewart A Celebration of Life & Struggle
Lynne Stewart is a radical human rights and criminal defense attorney who has devoted her life to the oppressed. She was falsely convicted of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism because she issued a press release on behalf of her famous client, an anti-Mubarak Egyptian cleric. This was an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, and install fear in those who would fight against the U.S. government.
She was arrested in April 2002 and convicted after an outrageously biased trial. She initially received a 28-month sentence in October 2006 but was free on bail until 2009 while she and the government appealed. In late 2009 Lynne was re-sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and sent to the Carswell Federal Medical Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. While there, her breast cancer progressed to Stage IV, leading to a massive campaign for her compassionate release from federal custody, as required by federal law for those with terminal illness. Finally, after over a year of tremendous effort involving thousands, Lynne was released this past New Year’s Eve and is living with her family in New York City. Her husband Ralph Poynter is joining her on the trip to the Bay Area.