[Marxism] War on Lawyers and Civil Liberties: Lynne Stewart, Brandon Mayfield, and the Portland Seven

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Tue Jun 1 11:12:37 MDT 2004

One of the means that the George W. Bush administration has used to 
curtail civil liberties is to attack lawyers who defend unpopular 
clients. The most high-profile example has been the case of Lynne 
Stewart, one of whose clients was Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman who is now 
serving a life sentence for seditious conspiracy against the United 
States. . . .

Lynne Stewart has not been the only lawyer harassed by the government 
for her legal practice. An "affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent 
Richard K. Werder in support of a material witness arrest warrant for 
Portland lawyer Brandon Mayfield," concerning "the March 11 bombings 
in Madrid that killed 191 people and injured 2,000 others," made much 
of the fact that "Mayfield represented Jeffrey Leon Battle in a child 
custody case. Battle later was among a group of Portland men who 
pleaded guilty to conspiring to help al-Qaida and the Taliban fight 
U.S. forces in Afghanistan," in addition to casting suspicion on him 
because he is a Muslim convert and married to an Egyptian-born woman 
("FBI's Brandon Mayfield Case Timeline," KATU.com May 24, 2004). . . .

The full posting at 

* Critical Montages: <http://montages.blogspot.com/>
* Bring Them Home Now! <http://www.bringthemhomenow.org/>
* Calendars of Events in Columbus: 
<http://www.freepress.org/calendar.php>, & <http://www.cpanews.org/>
* Student International Forum: <http://sif.org.ohio-state.edu/>
* Committee for Justice in Palestine: <http://www.osudivest.org/>
* Al-Awda-Ohio: <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Al-Awda-Ohio>
* Solidarity: <http://www.solidarity-us.org/>

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