Breaking: Terror-abetting attorney ordered to prison immediately

posted at 2:05 pm on November 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps Lynne Stewart should have quit while she was behind.  Convicted of abetting terror while acting as an attorney for the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, Stewart had remained free on bail while appealing her conviction.  Today, the federal appeals court not only upheld her conviction and revoked her bail, but they also sent the case back to the district court for reconsideration of the shockingly light 28-month sentence Stewart initially received (via JWF):

Disbarred radical lawyer Lynne Stewart is going to jail – maybe for a lot longer than she thought.

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld her conviction for smuggling messages to her jailed terrorist client, and said she deserves more than the 28 months she got because she may have lied at her trial.

Stewart, 70, is to surrender to U.S. Marshals immediately. The Brooklyn resident has been free on bail since 2006.

Andy McCarthy, who prosecuted Rahman and faced off against Stewart in the courtroom, explains the issue of sentencing more clearly than the initial news reports:

Yes, the sentence — that’s the interesting part. The court has sent Stewart’s case back to the trial judge for reconsideration of her absurdly short 28-month jail term (after the government asked for 30 years). The sentence has divided the appellate panel. All three judges agree that the sentence needs to be reconsidered. But two judges, Sack and Calabresi, seem to be narrowing the complaint down to whether Stewart committed perjury at her trial, which — if she is found by the sentencing judge to have done so — would call for a modest increase. In dissent, Judge Walker’s point is that a 28-month sentence for the terrorism-related offenses Stewart committed is a travesty whether or not she committed perjury.

Andy also makes this point about the terror-related trial of Stewart, and its implications for the upcoming publicity-stunt fiasco for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators:

By the way, since my topic in today’s column is Attorney General Holder’s sudden concern over delays in the military commission system, it’s worth pointing out that, for conduct that started around 1999, Stewart was indicted in 2002; her trial did not begin until mid-2004 and took about eight months; after that, they dawdled for over a year before finally imposing sentence in October 2006; now, a decade after the conduct, seven years after arrest, four years after trial, and three years after sentence – and mind you, she’s been free on bail since 2002 – the appeal has at long last been decided, and it has resulted in … a remand for further sentencing proceedings.  And, after they someday occur, there will surely be another trip to the Second Circuit, and then an appeal to the Supreme Court.  After that, the habeas corpus petitions start …

Of course, Andy isn’t arguing that Stewart should have faced any other process than the one used to try her.  She committed her crimes in the US as a citizen of this country, and had the right to seek justice in court.  KSM and his lunatic cohorts did not commit their actions in the US (although their conspiracy unfolded here), and they committed acts of war, not “crimes”.  The government has the option of using military tribunals, and indeed will use them for dozens of other detainees at Guantanamo Bay.  They chose to use the federal courts for KSM and the 9/11 plotters, however, which will mean years and years of exactly the kind of consideration KSM tried to destroy through acts of war.

Why go through all of that, when the same administration has chosen military tribunals as perfectly legitimate forums in which to adjudicate other cases of terrorists captured abroad?  So far, none of the explanations offered fit the facts.

Meanwhile, Stewart will finally go where she has belonged since her conviction.  Let’s hope that a terrorism conviction sentence lasts longer than the average NFL contract on further consideration.


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They hang traitors don’t they…???

Kuffar on November 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Kuffar: After they’ve been electrocuted,then dragged in
front of a firing squad,that way,they’re extra
dead!!

canopfor on November 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Culled

PappaMac on November 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 2:33 PM
Jerry Garcia???

BigWyo on November 17, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Good one!

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I don’t get why you picked a picture of Michael Moore for this story. What does he have to do with this?

Ampersand on November 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Good. This dude has eluded justice long enough.

Howcome on November 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Disbarred radical lawyer Lynne Stewart is going to jail – maybe for a lot longer than she thought.

Day brightener!

Bruno Strozek on November 17, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Firing squads are for honorable soldiers or patriots. Treasonous types, aiders and abettors of America’s enemies, should be hanged.

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Liam:At least twice!!!:)

canopfor on November 17, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Who’s the dude in the picture?

LtE126 on November 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM

I don’t think that’s a person. I think it’s some kind of growth on her *ss.

EnglishMike on November 17, 2009 at 2:53 PM

You all are giving Obie way too much credit. He could not make a decision to tie his shoes in 3 weeks much less 3 seconds.

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 2:38 PM

you have to remember, this is one of his people, no decision needed…automatic pardon my friend

cmsinaz on November 17, 2009 at 2:55 PM

You never see Lynne Stewart and Captain Kangaroo at the same party.

jukin on November 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

“The court has sent Stewart’s case back to the trial judge for reconsideration of her absurdly short 28-month jail term (after the government asked for 30 years).”

..here’s hoping the recommendation included a copy of E. A. Poe’s Cask of Amontillado with the part where Montresor bricks up Fortunato bookmarked for the judge’s consideration.

Nemo me impune lacessit!

VoyskaPVO on November 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

jukin on November 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

lololol

cmsinaz on November 17, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Breaking: Terror-abetting attorney ordered to prison immediately

Wow, this makes me feel so much better about KSM trial.
/s

Branch Rickey on November 17, 2009 at 2:58 PM

This is justice? I’d say beat the other 7 years out of her and then start the clock.

DanMan on November 17, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Liam:At least twice!!!:)
canopfor on November 17, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Yes! Keep the rope from breaking their necks and let them swing while they choke. Then resusitate them and hang them again.

You and I are going to be really good friends!

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM

You never see Lynne Stewart and Captain Kangaroo at the same party.

jukin on November 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

LMAO

Shiny_Tiara on November 17, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Why work to such an extent with someone who doesn’t share your goals? Unless your mind is so clouded with anger that you can’t think straight.

rbj on November 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Johan Klaus on November 17, 2009 at 3:06 PM

My husband would say she has (ottabin) hair…Oughta been on a dog’s butt.

ohiobabe on November 17, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.

CurtZHP on November 17, 2009 at 3:07 PM

I can think of another traitor biatch I’d like to see rot in jail with her…Hanoi-Jane-Fonda (in case anyone didn’t know who I was thinking of) as tat traitor biatch is long over due for her justice!

Liberty or Death on November 17, 2009 at 2:48 PM

My first thought.

Johan Klaus on November 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I needed some good news today :)

Harpoon on November 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I hope you have a muscular cell mate named ‘Psycho’ who thinks you have a cute ass.

MaiDee on November 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Stewart is so ugly that bull dyke lifers will be grabbing their towels and running when she comes into the shower block.

EnglishMike on November 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I feel sorry for the other inmates for having to now live with that sack of human waste. *wait* Nah, enjoy your new friends, Lynne Stewart Inmate number “9859375″.

Claypigeon on November 17, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Johan Klaus on November 17, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Actually, I don’t think it is. Mentally ill people can’t be held accountable for their actions. Libs, however, are well aware of what they’re doing. Look how they do things here! It’s all intentional, all to a purpose.

I finds libs to be vile people, full of rage if not outright hate. I guess that, after a fashion, that confirms your belief they’re messed in the head. I think it’s more a matter of heart, which affects their ability to think rationally.

Just an idea, of course.

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Stewart is so ugly that bull dyke lifers will be grabbing their towels and running when she comes into the shower block she runs no risk of being raped.

EnglishMike on November 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM

FIFY

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I love it when SH*T HAPPENS…I really do.

Old Hippie Vet on November 17, 2009 at 3:23 PM

KSM and his lunatic cohorts did not commit their actions in the US

Crazy, crazy Muslims….we may never know if Is……crazy, blind and lonely….crazy lunatics……lunatic Muslims…..lone crazy mixed up fringe….crazy…never know…..

Why are all Muslims who fight for Allah and the promotion of the supremacy of Islam considered “crazy lunatics”? It is simple to dismiss them as crazy, no further investigation will be necessary if they are labeled lunatics.

BL@KBIRD on November 17, 2009 at 3:29 PM

“Terror-abetting attorney ordered to prison immediately”

YABBA DABBA DOOO!

Now that’s what I call Rules for Radicals!

locomotivebreath1901 on November 17, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Hottie!

Glenn Jericho on November 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Why are all Muslims who fight for Allah and the promotion of the supremacy of Islam considered “crazy lunatics”? It is simple to dismiss them as crazy, no further investigation will be necessary if they are labeled lunatics.

BL@KBIRD on November 17, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Unlike how the Left labels cons as ‘crazy lunatics’ but then proceeds to issue reports (fatwas?) that we bear watching, especially those returning from war against Islamic mass murderers?

The Left’s try to dismiss terrorists is their try to reduce each Islamist incident of a wide-ranging belief to a single-shooter meme. But one true lone nutcase who shoots an abortion doctor ‘speaks’ of all the Right.

The only thing I can say about the Left in all this is that the homicide-bombers KNOW they’re committing suicide.

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 3:37 PM

The whole point of trying KSM and the others in NYC is to keep that the lead story for the next seven years. Obama’s thuggish behavior will not be the lead story. President Pantywaist will take over more companies, continue to shred the Constitution, lockup his opponents, and all the press will cover is the latest rant from KSM.

O-Dub on November 17, 2009 at 3:41 PM

The USA keeps sending out the same message to terrorists that is sent to illegal aliens.

Hening on November 17, 2009 at 3:43 PM

O-Dub on November 17, 2009 at 3:41 PM

That’s their plan. But it excludes one thing: We conservatives. They dismiss us, to their own detriment. Which works for us, not them.

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Well now we all know what who the next Micheal Moore flick bride will be.

Dire Straits on November 17, 2009 at 2:22 PM

fify!!

Sweet_Thang on November 17, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Aiding and abetting the enemy–she is a traitor of the most despicable kind!

lovingmyUSA on November 17, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Why do all the leftie/prog/liberal women always look like Bulgarian weightlifters in drag, and all the guys look like effete poofters??? How can that be?

Itchee Dryback on November 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Because it makes for great same sex-looking couples?

Sweet_Thang on November 17, 2009 at 4:09 PM

If she had faced pre-emptive waterboarding, she wouldn’t have been tempted to smuggle messages to terrorists

seven on November 17, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Hottie!

Glenn Jericho on November 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

I’m fairly certain you were joking, if not please seek help soon!

Liberty or Death on November 17, 2009 at 4:16 PM

As they say over at Ace’s, I’d hit it… with a well-insured Kenworth.

drunyan8315 on November 17, 2009 at 4:30 PM

That’s not an attractive man in that photo GRIN.

Dr Evil on November 17, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Stewart is so ugly that bull dyke lifers will be grabbing their towels and running when she comes into the shower block she runs no risk of being raped.

EnglishMike on November 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM
FIFY

Liam on November 17, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Let’s see……

Conservative women : Sarah Palin…..Carrie Prejean.

Liberal women: Lynne Stewart.. Sonia Sodomizer…Nancy Pelosi….

Hmmmmm….
Yup ! I have to say our side has much more attractive ladies!

cableguy615 on November 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM

What a doofus. Had she gone to jail 3 years ago, she’d have been out about 6 months ago. Maybe more with good behaviour.

I R A Darth Aggie on November 17, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Hottie!

Glenn Jericho on November 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

lol

Mulligan on November 17, 2009 at 5:13 PM

100% not joking: She should have already been hung in public.

cjk on November 17, 2009 at 5:30 PM

cableguy615 on November 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Sorta understand why the libs don’t object to fully body burqa for their ‘ladies’.

clorensen on November 17, 2009 at 5:32 PM

She wouldn’t have to worry about rape in a MEN’S prison.

cjk on November 17, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer gal. I hope she gets the full term. I’m sure she won’t, but hey, we can hope.

As for the Holder/Obama/KSM show, we’ll just have to hope Obama’s pinball personality sees how very ANGRY the American people are with him over this. With any luck, just like he does on other issues, having people mad at him will make him change his mind. I know, I know. Not when it’s conservatives that are mad.

Mad Mad Monica on November 17, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Off to the hoose-gow “Cousin Oliver”.

As they say in Australia…couldn’t happen to a better a**hole!

Gob on November 17, 2009 at 5:47 PM

From StrategyPage, 29 APR 2007:

The recent disbarment of Lynne Stewart is one of the latest examples of what is wrong with using the law-enforcement approach to dealing with terrorism. Not only is there the fact that all too often, treating terrorism as a criminal matter to be dealt with by law enforcement agencies, leads to terrorists going back onto the street, but there are problems with the lawyers.

Stewart was convicted for providing material support to terrorists while she was representing Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman during his terrorism trial. One of the things she did was pass messages to Rahman’s supporters – including exhortations to kill those who opposed his brand of Islamic fundamentalism. Also, during Rahman’s trial, evidence was turned over to his attorneys. At least one of the documents handed over in accordance with rules of discovery ultimately found its way to al Qaeda headquarters in the Sudan. That document contained a list of people who were on the government’s radar screen – and thus alerted al-Qaeda to the possibility of surveillance. This was an intelligence disaster.

She also helped get messages back to Rahman’s home organization which was going through an internal power struggle, which was disrupting it, and via that things got calmed down. That struggle was between the Muslim Brotherhood and GAI, with a bit of a sidelight with HAMAS.

And the MB provided much of the recruiting for Turabi in the Sudan and for al Qaeda since its inception as much of its ruling organization was drawn from MB members and followers found there.

An INTEL disaster doesn’t begin to cover that territory, and we will not know what would have happened if there was a major falling out between the MB and GAI.

Because of Lynne Stewart.

ajacksonian on November 17, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Great news!

becki51758 on November 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM

How pleasant. And back to be assessed a longer term in the bargain.

Mason on November 17, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Suh-weet.

Hope she gets punked for her commissary every day.

Doorgunner on November 17, 2009 at 6:30 PM

What makes a woman so radical? Judging from the picture, it’s all that misplaced testosterone.

CarolynM on November 17, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Stewart should have been hanged next to the Blind Sheik.

Treasonous pig.

profitsbeard on November 17, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Hells Yeah!!!!YAAAAYYYYY!!!! clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap

sonnyspats1 on November 17, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Though I thought she should have gotten the 30 years, I’m skeptical that they can increase the sentence for suspected perjury in that it is a separate crime for which she is entitled to a trial on. The courts have made it clear that any fact used to increase sentencing must be plead and proved and found byrd by a jury.

Blake on November 17, 2009 at 7:28 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

Im glad to see one ex scum bag laywer
getting served with justice..

veteranoutrage on November 17, 2009 at 7:43 PM

This situation clearly rates STRONG CONSIDERATION for the first presidential pardon of the Obama Administration…

AG Holder should be able to push this one through in record time… He’s had so much practice…

Khun Joe on November 17, 2009 at 7:43 PM

What the heck is wrong with charging her with TREASON? Everyone too PC to use the word anymore? Treason. Try, convict, hang. Oh, that’s right, Federal execution is by lethal injection now. Pity. Try, convict, and inject. Simple, really.

quikstrike98 on November 17, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Well, any sentence short of execution is too light for this kind of treason. Even so, this news is long overdue!

tom on November 17, 2009 at 8:03 PM

And how long did this farce drag on? Why do we put up with this crap from traitors and terrorists? We could put a stop to all of this with a strong military hit to the next country that harbors AQ or Taliban or any other group.

Kissmygrits on November 17, 2009 at 8:20 PM

“political prisoner”

/sarc

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 17, 2009 at 8:41 PM

This one was so arrogant after conviction. I say, too bad.

tessa on November 17, 2009 at 8:41 PM

This slug has committed TREASON!!!

Why waste a perfectly usable jail cell on her??

THOUGHT PROBLEM:
Would it be politically correct if we power her electric chair with a windmill?

landlines on November 17, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Why isn’t this woman Speaker Of The House already?

HAnthonyWayne on November 17, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Re: Andy’s column, he reminds us that:

Almost from the moment President Bush authorized military commissions in 2001, this legion of litigators flooded the courts with habeas corpus petitions, contending that military detention and trials violated the Constitution, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the Geneva Convention.

Yet Holder has the ‘nads to criticize the Bush administration for the “8 years of delay” in prosecuting these guys. Yet it was his peeps that cause the delay:

It is mind-boggling that the delay in completing commission trials would be derided by Eric Holder, a lawyer whose firm is among those responsible for the litigation-driven delay that became a lawfare triumph for al-Qaeda. Holder and his comrades did everything they could do to undermine the commission system, both in legal motions and in public appearances accusing the Bush administration of torture, war crimes, and disregard for the legal rights of terrorists.

RMCS_USN on November 17, 2009 at 11:56 PM

The good news: She goes to jail.

The bad news: Some women’s prison is getting a lot older, fatter, and uglier.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on November 18, 2009 at 12:06 AM

MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s a thought: Make all those in Gitmo (prisoners, that is) forced to look at her naked; tape their eyelids open if need be. Not only would we know his location we’d know, to within 10 feet, where his favorite “Saturday night” goat sleeps. On second thought, we could just show her face to the underlings, leave the naked ones for the high level operatives

Bubba Redneck on November 18, 2009 at 3:02 AM

They hang traitors don’t they…???

Kuffar on November 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

No, lately they elect them.

conservativecaveman on November 18, 2009 at 8:16 AM

One less potential ‘peer’ for the KSM jury.

pistolero on November 18, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Our court system stinks, even though it may be the most Democratic. It’s due to judges that have no business being in the judging business. People are clueless when they vote judges in and presidents are just as clueless when they appoint them.

Nalea on November 18, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Uncle Savage calls her a ‘Football with hair.” I thought that was rather flattering if you’ve ever gotten a good look at her … ;-)

flameofjudah on November 18, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I am sure she is going to have a jolly old time in prison. She’ll spend the rest of her life in the prison legal library while hiding out from her new ‘husband’

kens on November 18, 2009 at 12:53 PM

I don’t get why you picked a picture of Michael Moore for this story. What does he have to do with this?

Ampersand on November 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I thought exactly the same thing when I saw her pic in the NY Post yesterday. Knew I couldn’t be the only one. They both remind me of that line in Absolutely Fabulous where Edina whines that inside of her there’s a thin person wanting to get out, to which her senile old mother says “just the one, dear?”

Sharke on November 18, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I saw a close up of her, my word what a hairy puss she has. Well, ugly is and ugly does.

mag5435 on November 18, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Let me guess– this horse-headed dyky creature is a Democrat??

leftnomore on November 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Oh wait– does this mean she’ll lose her license to practice law? She’d* rather die, I’m sure.

*She, meaning, I assume she’s a human female.

leftnomore on November 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I always thought of this treasonous pig as the perfect poster child for the Democratic Party in American.

ronnyraygun on November 18, 2009 at 9:59 PM

She will spend her time in lock-up jail-house lawyering for all the scum on her cell block.

thmsmgnm on November 18, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Bwwwaaahahahahahah!!!! BETTY BADASS GOES DOWN IN FLAMES!
SOMEBODY HOLD HER DOWN AND SHAVE HER STACHE HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
SHE IS A SS FEMINAZI !

sonnyspats1 on November 19, 2009 at 9:05 AM

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