Breaking: Lynne Stewart sentenced to 28 years months

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.

Update: Smile!

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.

Update: Also sentenced today: Ahmed Sattar, to 24 years for conspiracy to kill and kidnap people in a foreign country. Sattar worked with Stewart as a paralegal.