|This is terrible news.
February 10, 2005
Lawyer Is Convicted of Aiding Terrorists
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A veteran civil rights lawyer was convicted Thursday of crossing the
line by smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients
-- a radical Egyptian sheik -- to his terrorist disciples on the
The jury has been deliberating off-and-on over the past month in the
case of Lynne Stewart, 65, a firebrand, left-wing activist known for
representing radicals and revolutionaries in her 30 years on the New
York legal scene. The jury deliberated 13 days in all.
Stewart faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of giving material
support to terrorists and defrauding the U.S. government.
The trial focused attention on the line between zealous advocacy and
criminal behavior by a lawyer. Some defense lawyers saw the case as a
government warning to attorneys to tread carefully in terrorism cases.
The jury also convicted a U.S. postal worker, Ahmed Abdel Sattar, of
plotting to "kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country" by
publishing an edict urging the killing of Jews and their supporters.
A third defendant, Arabic interpreter Mohamed Yousry, was convicted
of providing material support to terrorists. Sattar could face life
in prison and Yousry up to 20 years.