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  • Romi Elnagar
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    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2013
       
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      >>PRESS RELEASE
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      >>>DICK GREGORY TO FAST UNTIL IMPRISONED ATTORNEY LYNNE STEWART IS FREED
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      >>>Dick Gregory issued a declaration today, (SEE BELOW) on the anniversary of the
      >>>assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., that “I shall refuse all solid
      >>>food until Lynne Stewart is freed and receives medical treatment in the care
      >>>of her family and with physicians of her choice without which she will die.”
      >>>
      >>>The 73-year-old Stewart, a renowned criminal defense attorney, is suffering
      >>>from Stage 4 cancer. Gregory, known for his social activism as much as his
      >>>for comedic wit and political commentary, has taken this step to reinforce
      >>>the worldwide petition in support of Stewart’s application for compassionate
      >>>release. Over 6,000 people, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pete
      >>>Seeger, have signed to date with the numbers growing by the minute.
      >>>
      >>>As a criminal defense lawyer for over 30 years, Lynne Stewart defended the
      >>>poor, the disadvantaged and those targeted by the police and the State. Such
      >>>has been her reputation that judges assigned her routinely to act for
      >>>defendants whom no attorney was willing to represent. One of these was the
      >>>blind Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who Stewart represented with
      >>>co-counsels former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Abdeen Jabara.
      >>>
      >>>In 2002, Lynne Stewart was targeted by then-President George Bush and
      >>>Attorney General John Ashcroft for providing a vigorous defense of her
      >>>client. She was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a
      >>>terrorist activity after she exercised both her and her client’s first
      >>>amendment rights by presenting a press release to a Reuters journalist.
      >>>
      >>>In 2006, while the Department of Justice demanded a 30-year sentence, Judge
      >>>John Koetl, handed down a 28-month sentence noting: “By providing a criminal
      >>>defense to the poor, the disadvantaged and unpopular over three decades, it
      >>>is no exaggeration to say that Ms. Stewart performed a public service not
      >>>
      >>>That sentence, however, was not to stand as the Second Circuit Appellate
      >>>Court, withdrew Lynne Stewart’s bail — even though her case is still before
      >>>the courts — and remanded the case back to Judge Koetl with the harsh demand
      >>>that he revisit his sentence and issue a severely enhanced one. On July 15,
      >>>2010, Judge Koeltl increased Stewart’s sentence from 28 months to 10 years
      >>>imprisonment. This has become a virtual death sentence for Lynne Stewart.
      >>>
      >>>As Gregory so eloquently states:  “The reason for the prosecution and
      >>>persecution of Lynne Stewart is evident to us all. It was designed to
      >>>intimidate the entire legal community so that few would dare to defend
      >>>political clients whom the State demonizes and none would provide a vigorous
      >>>defense. It also was designed to narrow the meaning of our cherished first
      >>>amendment right to free speech, which the people of this country struggled
      >>>to have added to the Constitution as the Bill of Rights.”
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      >>>DECLARATION BY DICK GREGORY — APRIL 4, 2013
      >>>I hereby declare on this day commemorating the life and sacrifice of my
      >>>friend and brother in struggle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that in the
      >>>spirit of his moral legacy, I demand the immediate release from prison of
      >>>the legendary lawyer Lynne Stewart, who devoted her entire professional life
      >>>to the poor, the oppressed and those targeted by the police and a vindictive
      >>>State.
      >>>
      >>>I further declare that from this day forth, I shall refuse all solid food
      >>>until Lynne Stewart is freed and receives medical treatment in the care of
      >>>her family and with physicians of her choice without which she will die.
      >>>
      >>>There is no time to lose as cancer, which had been in remission, has
      >>>metastasized since her imprisonment. It has spread to her lymph nodes, her
      >>>shoulder and appears in her bones and in her lungs.
      >>>
      >>>A criminal defense attorney in New York for over 30 years, Lynne Stewart’s
      >>>unwavering dedication as a selfless advocate was acknowledged by the
      >>>community as well as judges, prosecutors and the entire legal profession.
      >>>Such has been her reputation as a fearless lawyer, ready to challenge those
      >>>in power, that judges assigned her routinely to act for defendants whom no
      >>>attorney was willing to represent.
      >>>
      >>>In 2002, Lynne Stewart was targeted by then-President George Bush and
      >>>Attorney General John Ashcroft for providing a vigorous defense of her
      >>>client, the blind Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. She was charged
      >>>with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist activity after
      >>>she exercised both her and her client’s first amendment rights by presenting
      >>>a press release to a Reuters journalist. She did nothing more than other
      >>>attorneys, such as her co-counsel former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, have
      >>>done on behalf of their clients.
      >>>
      >>>The reason for the prosecution and persecution of Lynne Stewart is evident
      >>>to us all. It was designed to intimidate the entire legal community so that
      >>>few would dare to defend political clients whom the State demonizes and none
      >>>would provide a vigorous defense. It also was designed to narrow the meaning
      >>>of our cherished first amendment right to free speech, which the people of
      >>>this country struggled to have added to the Constitution as the Bill of
      >>>Rights.
      >>>
      >>>The prosecution and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart is an ominous threat to
      >>>the freedom, rights and dignity of each and every American. It is the agenda
      >>>of a police state.
      >>>
      >>>I ask you to join with me to demand freedom for Lynne Stewart. An
      >>>international campaign has been launched with a petition that supports her
      >>>application for compassionate release. Under the 1984 Sentencing Act, the
      >>>Bureau of Prisons can file a motion with the Court to reduce sentences “for
      >>>extraordinary and compelling reasons.” Life threatening illness is foremost
      >>>among these and Lynne Stewart meets every rational and humane criterion for
      >>>compassionate release.
      >>>
      >>>Join with me, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pete Seeger and 6,000 other people of
      >>>conscience throughout the world who have signed this petition to compel the
      >>>Warden of the Federal Medical Center, Carswell and the Director of the
      >>>Bureau of Prisons to act. Act now. There is no time to lose.
      >>>
      >>>The petition (below) can be found online at the Justice for Lynne Stewart
      >>>website: www.lynnestewart.org <http://www.lynnestewart.org/>  or at
      >>>
      >>>www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-free-lynne-stewart-save-her-life-releas
      >>>e-her-now-2
      >>><http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-free-lynne-stewart-save-her-lif
      >>>e-release-her-now-2>
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      >>>PETITION TO FREE LYNNE STEWART: SAVE HER LIFE – RELEASE HER NOW!
      >>>
      >>>Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to the oppressed – a constant advocate
      >>>for the countless many deprived in the United States of their freedom and
      >>>their rights.
      >>>
      >>>Unjustly charged and convicted for the “crime” of providing her client with
      >>>a fearless defense, the prosecution of Lynne Stewart is an assault upon the
      >>>basic freedoms of us all.
      >>>
      >>>After years of post-conviction freedom, her bail was revoked arbitrarily and
      >>>her imprisonment ordered, precluding surgery she had scheduled in a major
      >>>New York hospital.
      >>>
      >>>The sinister meaning of the relentless persecution of Lynne Stewart is
      >>>unmistakably clear. Given her age and precarious health, the ten-year
      >>>sentence she is serving is a virtual death sentence.
      >>>
      >>>Since her imprisonment in the Federal Prison in Carswell, Texas her urgent
      >>>need for surgery was delayed 18 months – so long, that the operating
      >>>physician pronounced the condition as “the worst he had seen.”
      >>>
      >>>Now, breast cancer, which had been in remission prior to her imprisonment,
      >>>has reached Stage Four. It has appeared in her lymph nodes, on her shoulder,
      >>>in her bones and her lungs.
      >>>
      >>>Her daughter, a physician, has sounded the alarm: “Under the best of
      >>>circumstances, Lynne would be in a battle of the most serious consequences
      >>>with dangerous odds. With cancer and cancer treatment, the complications can
      >>>be as debilitating and as dangerous as the cancer itself.”
      >>>
      >>>In her current setting, where trips to physicians involve attempting to walk
      >>>with 10 pounds of shackles on her wrists and ankles, with connecting chains,
      >>>Lynne Stewart has lacked ready access to physicians and specialists under
      >>>conditions compatible with medical success.
      >>>
      >>>It can take weeks to see a medical provider in prison conditions. It can
      >>>take weeks to report physical changes and learn the results of treatment;
      >>>and when held in the hospital, Lynne has been shackled wrist and ankle to
      >>>the bed.
      >>>
      >>>This medieval “shackling” has little to do with any appropriate prison
      >>>control. She is obviously not an escape risk.
      >>>
      >>>We demand abolition of this practice for all prisoners, let alone those
      >>>facing surgery and the urgent necessity of care and recovery.
      >>>
      >>>It amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of human rights.
      >>>
      >>>There is immediate remedy available for Lynne Stewart. Under the 1984
      >>>Sentencing Act, after a prisoner request, the Bureau of Prisons can file a
      >>>motion with the Court to reduce sentences “for extraordinary and compelling
      >>>reasons.” Life threatening illness is foremost among these and Lynne Stewart
      >>>meets every rational and humane criterion for compassionate release.
      >>>
      >>>To misconstrue the gravamen of this compassionate release by conditioning
      >>>such upon being at death’s door – released, if at all, solely to die – is a
      >>>cruel mockery converting a prison sentence, wholly undeserved, into a death
      >>>sentence.
      >>>
      >>>The New York Times, in an editorial (2/12), has excoriated the Bureau of
      >>>Prisons for their restrictive crippling of this program. In a 20-year
      >>>period, the Bureau released a scant 492 persons – an average of 24 a year
      >>>out of a population that exceeds 220,000.
      >>>
      >>>We cry out against the bureaucratic murder of Lynne Stewart.
      >>>
      >>>We demand Lynne Stewart’s immediate release to receive urgent medical care
      >>>in a supportive environment indispensable to the prospect of her survival
      >>>and call upon the Bureau of Prisons to act immediately.
      >>>
      >>>If Lynne’s original sentence of 28 months had not been unreasonably,
      >>>punitively increased to 10 years, she would be home now — where her medical
      >>>care would be by her choice and where those who love her best would care for
      >>>her. Her isolation from this loving care would end.
      >>>
      >>>Prevent this cruelty to Lynne Stewart whose lifelong commitment to justice
      >>>is now a struggle for her life.
      >>>
      >>>Free Lynne Stewart Now!
      >>>
      >>>Ralph Poynter and Family
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