Lynne Stewart Bay Area speaking tour
Photo by John
February 7, 2008
Disbarred defense attorney Lynne Stewart, who was convicted in
2005 on conspiracy charges, visited San Francisco Wednesday during
a speaking tour.
Stewart, 67, was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison in
2006 for allegedly passing messages from her client Sheik Omar
Abdel Rahman to members of an Egyptian militant Islamic group
known as al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, a group labeled a terrorist organization
by the United States.
Stewart's reduced sentence is a relief to her and her supporters,
but they are appealing the court's conviction and are seeking
a reversal of the decision or a new trial.
"We're now waiting," Stewart said to a small group
of supporters and members of the Gray Panthers, a political action
group, in San Francisco yesterday.
"We have no idea when a decision will come," Stewart
Federal prosecutors had requested the court impose a maximum
sentence of 30 years, and are also appealing the decision arguing
the reduced sentence is too lenient.
Stewart is scheduled to return to the Bay Area February 23 for
a five-day speaking tour to include mass rallies in San Francisco,
Berkeley. and Palo Alto.
For more details, call (415) 255-1085.