Convicted of conspiracy and providing material support to Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 30 years.
She’ll be out by 2010, and very possibly by 2008.
Stand by for updates to this fiasco.
Stewart, 67, could have faced up to 30 years in prison. She smiled as the judge announced his decision to send her to prison for less than 2 1/2 years.
“If you send her to prison, she’s going to die. It’s as simple as that,” defense lawyer Elizabeth Fink had told the judge before the sentence was pronounced.
Update: “The end of my career truly is like a sword in my side,” Stewart said at her sentencing. “Permit me to live out the rest of my life productively, lovingly, righteously.”
Update: She’d written a letter to the judge:
Mixed with her trademark defiance – “I am not a traitor” – was a measure of contrition. After some soul searching, she wrote, she had concluded that a careless over-devotion to her clients – “I am softhearted to the point of self-abnegation” – was her undoing.
Update: Earlier today outside the courthouse, while her “supporters” chanted for her to go free:
Update: Yeah, there’s a George Soros connection. There always is.
Update: Judge Koeltl is a Clinton appointee and a former assistant special prosecutor during Watergate.