[Marxism] From Lynne Stewart defense committee

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jul 12 08:51:10 MDT 2006

My Dear Supporters,

  I want to thank all of you for standing by me for the past 4 years 
through the trial, conviction and my bout with breast cancer.  Now I am 
preparing for sentencing on September 25, 2006.  I have been fortunate to 
have gained strength through your support and although the strength of the 
"all mighty" government seems overwhelming we know we are on the right side 
of history.

Since the day in April 2002 when I was arrested, the Lynne Stewart Defense 
Committee was formed.  We have accomplished great things through the 
committee and managed to raise awareness of my case and the issues it has 
raised.  We have made connections to a broad base of people united at this 
time by the Bush/ Cheney attack on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

I am going to provide you below with excerpts from my sentencing 
submissions which are directed to the sentencing Judge, of course, but give 
you a real sense of the posture of the government towards me.  That is, 
that I must be made an example of to deter attorneys.  For this they are 
asking for 30 years.  I am to be 67 in October.

I hope that you will continue to do what you can to support the Lynne 
Stewart Defense Committee.  The fight is far from over and the isolation 
that is prison will only be pierced by the good of people who continue to 
fight for justice and bring attention to the excesses of the U.S. 
Government.  At this time we would like to send a mailing which will 
incorporate my sentencing papers and some of the hundreds of letters that 
have been written on my behalf as well as report to you from the Govt's 
response to my sentencing memorandum which should be filed later this summer.

My Defense Committee will continue to work on my behalf through the long 
struggle ahead as well as work in solidarity with many other groups and 
individuals fighting against this government's policies and for peace and 
justice.  Of course this takes funds and although it is very hard for me to 
ask, I implore you to contribute as much as you can.  What follows are 
excerpts from the sentencing memorandum filed on my behalf.

          Lynne Stewart

On the evening of July 5, 2006 attorneys for Lynne Stewart filed a 
Sentencing Memoranda on her behalf asking for a non-custodial sentence.

  The memoranda contain and refer to many of the scholarly and impassioned 
letters written to the Hon. John G. Koeltl on Lynne's behalf also asking 
for a non-custodial sentence.

  The following are excerpts from the Affirmation of Elizabeth M. Fink, 
Esq. filed in support of Ms. Stewart's Presentencing submissions:

"...........The most chilling and horrendous aspect of Ms. Stewart's PSR 
(Pre-Sentence Report by U.S. Probation) is the stated justification for the 
30 year sentence.  'We hope that this sentence of 30 years will not only 
punish Stewart for her actions, but serve as a deterrent for other lawyers 
who believe that they are above the rules and regulations of penal 
institutions or otherwise try to skirt the laws of this country.'

"......Ms. Stewart violated prison rules and, among other things, issued a 
press release in violation of the SAMs.   Nothing happened.  The 
recommendation of a 30-year sentence for 66-year-old women with cancer and 
a lifetime of service to the community is not reasonable. It is not 
justice.  It is tyranny."

"..........As this Court can see, for decades, Ms. Stewart lead an 
exemplary life, a life based on community service.  She changed the lives 
of thousands and as a lawyer, she was the finest representative of our 
profession.  Using her skills and compassion, she restored faith in America 
and its justice system to thousands of people.  She was a symbol of the 
best of the system.  Working tirelessly, for little or no money, she 
brought light and hope to thousands and was an example to everyone who knew 
and knows her.  Justice and mercy require that this Court examine all of 
the factors that apply to Ms. Stewart: her decades of selfless dedication 
to her profession and to her clients, friends and neighbors, her precarious 
medical situation, the lack of any gain to her by her actions, her 
mis-guided but compassionate motivations, the lack of harm caused by her 
actions, and the effect on present and future member of the criminal Bar of 
a draconian sentence.  I pray that your examination will compel you to find 
that justice and reason mandate a non-custodial sentence."

  For information and to view a copy of the submissions please contact Pat 
Levasseur, The Lynne Stewart Defense Committee at 212-625-9696.

  Contributions to the defense committee can be made to The Lynne Stewart 
Defense Committee 350 Broadway, Suite 700, New York, NY 10013.  Tax 
deductible contributions can be made payable to the National Lawyers Guild 
Foundation with Lynne Stewart on the memo line.  Send to the same address 
above.  You can also contribute through pay pal at our website: 



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