Thursday, February 10, 2005


Terror Attorney Found Guilty

Lynne Stewart, the civil-rights attorney who defended terrorists associated with the bombers behind the '93 WTC attack, has been found guilty:

A New York jury on Thursday convicted U.S. attorney Lynne Stewart and two
other defendants of helping terrorists and lying to the U.S. government.

Stewart was found guilty of all five counts naming her, including
conspiracy to defraud the United States, providing and concealing material
support, and making false statements.

What'd she do?

Stewart had signed an agreement with the Bureau of Prisons to abide by
restrictions that prohibited disclosure of their conversations and distribution
of messages from Rahman to third parties. But on at least one occasion, she
appeared to flout those rules.

During the trial, prosecutors played surveillance tape of a two-day May
2000 visit by Stewart to show she provided cover for Yousry as he relayed
Islamic Group messages to Rahman, including a Sattar letter seeking guidance on
whether the group should continue a "cease-fire" of terrorist activities against
Egypt's government.

Does this cross the boundries of free speech? I'd have to say that it does, but this isn't an easy one. I think it hinges on whether or not that this could be construed as activity harmful to national security, and that's going to require more information that we're likely to get.

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