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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Attorney Lynn Stewart 10 Year Prison Sentence Upheld By 2d Circuit

You might remember Lynn Stewart. She was the attorney for the convicted Sheikh Omar Ahmad Ali Abdel Rahman. Her conviction stemmed from her repeated violations of the "Special Administrative Measures," or "SAMs," to which she agreed to be, and was, subject as a member of Abdel Rahman's legal team while he was incarcerated. Stewart executed various affirmations, under penalty of perjury, in which she agreed to abide by the terms of the SAMs, among them that she would not  "use [her] meetings, correspondence or phone calls with Abdel 5 Rahman to pass messages between third parties.

Well, after her intial partial victory on procedural grounds, she was quoted in the media as stating that she would do it again. And guess what, she got a longer sentence. In this lengthly decision, the 2d Circuit rejects her First Amendment defense. U.S. v. Stewart, ___F.3d___(2d Cir. June 28, 2012)

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