[Marxism] Urgent Alert: International Petition Campaign to Free Lynne Stewart and Save Her Life Nears Its Goal
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Sat May 4 20:40:11 MDT 2013
IN THIS MESSAGE
1- Urgent Alert: International Petition Campaign to Free Lynne Stewart and
Save Her Life Nears Its Goal --* Update prepared by Mya Shone, Ralph
Schoenman and Ralph Poynter, co-coordinators of the International Petition
Campaign to Save the Life of Lynne Stewart*
2- Associated Press Article: Ex-Lawyer Convicted in Terror Case Seeks
Release (May 1, 2013)
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*1- URGENT ALERT:*
*THE INTERNATIONAL PETITION CAMPAIGN TO FREE*
*LYNNE STEWART AND SAVE HER LIFE NEARS ITS GOAL*
This morning, directly following two expedited communications to Charles R.
Samuels, Jr.,Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, from former
Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Probation Officers charged with inspecting
and approving the residence designated for Lynne Stewart's recovery upon
her Compassionate Release, were dispatched this morning to the home of her
son, Attorney Geoffrey Stewart.
Geoffrey Stewart notified Ralph Poynter and the international campaign that
the officer in charge APPROVED the residence and so notified him. Thus, a
critical step in the process has been met, paving the way for Lynne
Stewart's Compassionate Release, subject to the approval of Sentencing
Judge John Koetl.
As Ramsey Clark wrote yesterday in his second urgent communication to
"Further medical tests reveal that the cancer that had metastasized
rapidly to her lungs, lymph nodes and shoulder remains aggressive. If the
series of chemotherapy treatments slowed its spread in certain areas, it
has not attenuated in her lungs.
"It is this alarming development that adds particular urgency to the need
for compassionate release as reflected in the finding and recommendation of
the Warden at FMC Carswell. The sustained treatment and preparations by the
medical team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City are
critical to her survival.
"With the coordination of Lynne Stewart's daughter-physician, Dr. Zenobia
Brown, the renowned specialist team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
Center is on stand-by, in urgent attendance upon Lynne Stewart's arrival.
"I know you will understand the exigent circumstances that impel me to
appeal to you for immediate action in this matter."
Lynne Stewart's email shortly ago conveys the gravity of her condition and
the impediments she continues to face under prison conditions:
"Unfortunately that cancer which is located on my lungs remains the same --
untouched by chemo, still Stage 4. My oncologist was not in her office
today. (She was at the prison! Another example of the breakdown in
communication) and I will have to be transported once again with chains,
handcuffs and all) to Fort Worth to discuss what's next, as her PA had no
"As for me, I am hoping for Sloan Kettering and home."
AS WE APPROACH 15,000 SIGNATORIES ON THE CUSP OF THIS MAJOR VICTORY, NOW
IS THE TIME TO INTENSIFY OUR CAMPAIGN AS NEVER BEFORE.
The petition is at:
Latest signers include: Medea Benjamin, William Blum, Noam Chomsky, Rosa
Clemente, Abdeen Jabara, Bianca Jagger, Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Mark
Lane, Staunton Lynd, Holly Maguigan, James Petras, James Ridgeway and Ellen
Lynne Stewart responded to the moving and powerful statement by Father
Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, renowned liberation theologist, former Foreign
Minister of Nicaragua and President of the United Nations General Assembly:
"Father D'Escoto, You honor me by your support of my supreme effort to
force this government to act compassionately; but I do marvel that we have
been comrades for many decades and will remain so. We have a marvelous
fellow traveler in my beloved Ramsey Clark!! My love and respect to you and
once again, RESPUETO Y AMOR .
ASK FIVE OF YOUR FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES TO SIGN THE PETITION. PUT THE
PETITION ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND SEND YOUR TWITTER MESSAGE NOW.
--* This update was prepared by Mya Shone, Ralph Schoenman and Ralph
Poynter, co-coordinators of the International Petition Campaign to Save the
Life of Lynne Stewart.*
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*2- Associated Press Article:*
*Ex-Lawyer Convicted in Terror Case Seeks Release*
[Introductory Note: This AP story below in every major newspaper in the
country -- on line and/or in print - including the Washington Post, Wall
Street Journal and New York Times.]
*Ex-Lawyer Convicted in Terror Case Seeks Release*
By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press
NEW YORK May 1, 2013 (AP)
Buoyed by supporters and a petition with nearly 13,000 signatures, a
once-prominent New York civil rights lawyer said she has received a federal
prison's backing for compassionate release from her terrorism case sentence
while she fights advanced-stage cancer.
Lynne Stewart said in a statement released by her husband this week that
Texas prison medical authorities recommended she be released from her
10-year sentence, an application that would need approval by the courts and
the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Stewart, 73, said the medical authorities recommended to the warden at the
Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas that her treatment
would benefit from compassionate release, a rarely granted provision of
regulations letting inmates leave prison early for "extraordinary and
compelling reasons." The warden then forwarded the application to
Washington, Stewart and her supporters said.
Stewart has been imprisoned since late 2009 when a federal appeals court in
Manhattan called a judge's two-year, four-month prison sentence too
lenient. She was resentenced to 10 years for a 2005 conviction on
conspiracy charges for providing support to terrorist organizations by
letting an Egyptian terrorism defendant serving a life sentence communicate
At her first sentencing, U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl cited her more
than three decades of dedication to poor, disadvantaged and unpopular
clients, calling the work that left her destitute a public service "not
only to her clients but to the nation."
She said prison employees had doubted her chances at early release.
"Then I had this white blood cell setback, making me super-vulnerable and
was quarantined for a week," Stewart said, citing a medical result that
concluded she was vulnerable to the germs of others. She said she learned
upon release from quarantine Friday that prison authorities concluded
compassionate release was warranted.
"I must say that I was in a state of bliss," Stewart said.
Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said Wednesday that privacy
concerns prevent the bureau from providing information about Stewart's case.
She said the bureau's compassionate release policy makes some inmates
eligible for release if they have been diagnosed with an incurable disease
and life expectancy is 18 months or less.
In a study last year, Human Rights Watch and Families Against Mandatory
Minimums said only about two dozen cases from among more than 215,000
federal inmates are recommended for compassionate release annually. A
report called on Congress to enact legislation to let prisoners seek early
release directly from courts.
Mya Shone, a Stewart supporter in Vallejo, Calif., said nearly 13,000
signatures had been collected to support Stewart's early release. Those
signing include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actor Ed Asner, singer Pete Seeger
and Bianca Jagger. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory went on a hunger
strike to show support.
She said Stewart had battled breast cancer before her incarceration, along
with diabetes and high blood pressure, but it seemed in remission until it
was found last June to have spread to the lungs.
Stewart's husband, Ralph Poynter, said Stewart had lost about 60 pounds in
recent months but not her humor.
"She says, 'Now the good news, I'm losing weight,'" Poynter said. "We're
crossing our fingers, praying to all the gods that we have and the ones
that we don't have."
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