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Lynne Stewart Convicted on Aiding and Abetting Terrorism Charges

 
February 10th: After a seven-month trial, progressive New York attorney Lynne Stewart was convicted today on charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism. Her co-defendants, Mohammed Yousry and Abdel Sattar, were also convicted. They all face 20 to 40 years in jail. Stewart has already said that she will appeal the conviction.

February 10th: After a seven-month trial, progressive New York attorney Lynne Stewart was convicted today on charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism. Her co-defendants, Mohammed Yousry and Abdel Sattar, were also convicted. They all face 20 to 40 years in jail. Stewart has already said that she will appeal the conviction.

Stewart's supporters say that the conviction demonstrates the continued erosion of fundamental civil liberties in an era where the protections of the Bill of Rights have been subordinated through new legislation to a fear generated by the government's insistence that terrorists are everywhere. The government admitted that it had engaged in 85,000 acts of wiretapping of Stewart's emails, faxes and phone calls. The government eavesdropped, through hidden cameras and microphones, on Stewart's meetings with her client.

Stewart's national and local defense committees will continue to work for the reversal of her conviction: There will be a press conference on Friday, February 11th at 10:30AM in downtown San Francisco, and an emergency defense committee meeting on Saturday, February 12th.

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