From Pat Levasseur of the Lynne Stewart Defense Commitee. For updates, check http://www.lynnestewart.org .
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 12:28:25 EDT
Subject: Judge Koeltl upheld the verdict against Lynne Stewart yesterday
Judge Koeltl upheld the verdict against Lynne Stewart yesterday. (The judge also upheld the verdicts against the two other defendants, Ahmed Abdel Sattar and Mohamed Yousry) In a 54 page ruling that recounted key evidence, U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl rejected all of Lynne Stewart's arguments that the Feb. 10 verdict should be tossed out. In a separate ruling Judge Koeltl also rejected defense request for a new trial based on allegations that one juror lied about his past and that another juror had been unduly pressured to reach her verdict.
These decisions clear the way for the sentencing now scheduled for December 22nd. According to Joshua Dratel, one of the attorneys representing Lynne Stewart, said the material support statute "by its very nature, threatens to interfere with constitutional rights. . . and that "these issues we will again reassert on appeal. We believe in them," he said.
We are saddened by the Judge's decision but not surprised. It is rare when the trial judge overturns a jury verdict. The tone of the decision is worrisome in terms of how it bodes for sentencing so we are bracing for the worst while continuing our efforts to demonstrate that Lynne's case is unique in the annals of the criminal justice system and that the Judge has discretion to sentence Lynne with compassion and consideration. Consideration to Lynne's life time commitment to good works in the community on behalf of the poor and under represented. While Lynne has been politically active all of her adult life, she is not a terrorist and should not be sentenced as such. This is key because the terrorist enhancements in sentencing expose Lynne to life in prison.
Please help us continue our work on Lynne's behalf. Help us to "not let her go silently into that dark night" ... which is a lengthy prison sentence. Lynne's sentencing is currently scheduled for December 22nd. A date when most people will be preparing for the holidays and when the news of Lynne's sentence would likely be buried and forgotten by many. We won't let that happen! Help us to continue our outreach and organizing - to keep Lynne Stewart's name and case in the public eye. Keep Lynne Stewart Free!
The Lynne Stewart Defense Committee needs your financial support. Please help by donating whatever you can. Make checks payable to The Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, 350 Broadway, Suite 700, New York, NY 10013. Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to The National Lawyers Guild Foundation and mailed to the same address. Just make sure to put Lynne Stewart on the memo line. You can also donate on - line using PayPal by visiting our website at < http://www.lynnestewart.org > www.lynnestewart.org.
SAVE THE DATE
December 8th, 7 p.m.a Speak Out and Forum on Lynne Stewart's case will be held at The Community Church of New York. Details and participants to be announced.
We have a new DVD "The Struggle Continues" (an informative and poignant look at Lynne's case with interviews with Lynne, her family, colleagues and former clients - available for a $10 donation and new T-Shirts for $15.00 as well as the NLG booklet: The Case of Lynne Stewart, a Justice Dept. Attack on the Bill of Rights. Please write to us at : < mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com Write to above address to request these items, you can obtain them at the website using PayPal or call 212-625-9696.
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