Good news for Lynne Stewart: Warden recommends compassionate release
From the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee:
Dear Friends of Mumia and Lynne,
A moment ago I received a call from Lynne Stewart's husband, Ralph Poynter, that the warden at FMC Carswell prison in Fort Worth Texas has recommended immediate compassionate release for government frame-up victim and renown attorney for the damned, Lynne Stewart.
Stewart was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism because she issued a press release on behalf of her client the "blind" sheik, Omar Abdel Rachman.
The Carswell warden stated that he could not deal with the over 11,000 petitions he had received to date and recommended to the Justice Department that Lynne be released to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the world class hospital where Lynne first underwent surgery for breast cancer some three years ago.
Today that cancer has metastasized to both lungs and her back. She has been diagnosed by Forth Worth hospital doctors as having Stage 4 lung cancer and is receiving chemotherapy in a nearby, but inadequate Forth Worth hospital. Lynne's white blood count fell to almost zero, forcing doctors to send her to an isolation unit to prevent Lynne's succumbing to bacterial infestations that her body's immune system is incapable of defending against.
Lynne case will now pass through a series of hurdles from the Justice Department and the original sentencing Judge John Koeltl to perhaps President Obama himself.
The international campaign to win compassionate release must now shift to the national government, including the Obama administration. But the first victory has been achieved due to the mass of protest letters to the warden and innumerable acts of solidarity from well know figures across the globe.
The petition for Lynne can be found at LynneStewart.org
Sign now and distribute it widely!
Stay tuned for an update this evening
Jeff Mackler, West Coast Coordinator
Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
- About Us
- Why Socialist Feminism?
- Statements & Campaigns
- Books & Newspapers
- Radical Women
- Get Involved
The Freedom Socialist is bi-monthly newspaper for thinkers and doers. It provides a much-needed international, workingclass, and feminist perspective. Check out articles here.
The paper offers an analysis other media respect; recently, Truthout, Monthly Review, and Dissident Voice have all republished stories from the Freedom Socialist. As a subscriber, you won’t miss a single valuable article.
We hope you decide to take advantage of these special offers – it’s your support that keeps us publishing. Subscribe today!
Alt Weds, 16 March – 25 May, 7:00 PM
Radical Women & FSP discussion circle - No Local: Why small-scale alternatives won’t change the world
Wednesday 4 May, 6:30 PM
FSP meeting: Resisting Austerity — Lessons from the Howard years
Sat, April 16, 3:00 PM
Town Hall Speak Out on…Racism, Poverty, Gentrification: The Roots of LA’s Housing & Homeless Crisis
New York City
Thu, Apr 28, 7:00 PM
Join the campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board!