“This is a great victory against an overreaching government,” she told dozens of supporters outside the lower Manhattan courthouse after winning extraordinary leniency from U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl.
The judge rejected demands by the government that Stewart be sentenced to 30 years in prison for convictions of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorist organizations, making false statements and defrauding the government.
Prosecutors had blistered Stewart’s acts as “egregious, flagrant abuse of her profession, abuse that amounted to material support to a terrorist group.”The judge said there was ample evidence she had smuggled messages between her client, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, and senior members of an Egyptian-based terrorist organization _ messages he said could have had “potentially lethal consequences.” But the judge noted no one was harmed as a result.
Abdel-Rahman was convicted in plots to assassinate Egypt’s president and blow up five New York landmarks, including the U.N. building and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Prosecutors have said Stewart and the co-defendants helped spread Abdel-Rahman’s call to kill those who did not subscribe to his extremist interpretation of Islamic law.
Although the judge called Stewart’s crimes “extraordinarily severe criminal conduct,” he cited more than three decades of dedication by Stewart to poor, disadvantaged and unpopular clients that had left her destitute even though she once worked on more than 70 cases at a time.
“Ms. Stewart performed a public service, not only to her clients but to the nation,” Koeltl said.
Her clients included Black Panthers, leaders of the 1960s student activist group Weather Underground, a former mob hit man and a man accused of trying to kill nine police officers.
Outside the courtroom, Stewart acknowledged her good fortune, saying she thought the sentence was “a victory for doing good work all one’s life.”
She added: “You get time off for good behavior usually at the end of your prison term. I got it at the beginning.”
So now you get to assist the enemy, betray your own countrymen, put everyone of us at risk and some assh*le Federal Judge gives you leniency! It’s utterly OUT-F*CKING-RAGEOUS!! This bitch offends me at my central core, and let me explain to everyone why: Her actions put me, put my life and the lives of every other police officer, firefighter and first responder in DANGER!
By doing that she increases the odds that one of these days I might not make it home from work just like 343 NY. Firefighters didn’t on Sept 11th.
And that’s the kicker. It’s not so much that I’m the worlds greatest father. Who is? (Mandelbaum… Maybe). But it’s the loss of a parent, even a bad parent that is such a devastating blow to any kid. I lost my mom when she was only 42. It virtually tore my family apart. We were not little kids either.
So this P.O.S. has threatened not just me, but my kids lives and futures. Mine and every other American citizen. I take that very, very personally. This is a FLAMING EXAMPLE why terrorists CANNOT be tried in civilian courts. That is why we must not let Democrats endanger all of our safety. The Democrat party has supported the likes of Lynn Stewart for ever. Please vote in November and keep the story of Lynn Stewart in mind when you do. This sh*t is just to personal and too serious. Sleep easy, there are cops and firemen working tonight.