Target: Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Goal: Grant compassionate release for former attorney, now cancer-stricken prisoner, Lynne Stewart
Lynne Stewart, a 73-year-old former attorney, is serving a ten-year prison sentence in Carswell, TX for the distribution of press releases written by her former client; a frivolous crime that could now cost the activist her life. Since being jailed, Stewart has suffered from cancer, once in remission now in its fourth stage, spreading throughout her lymph nodes, bones, and lungs. Stewart’s prison warden has recommended to the Justice Department that she be granted clemency and transferred to a hospital in New York City. But, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has ignored the call for Stewart’s compassionate release, and in effect is deciding to condemn her to die in prison.
Lynne Stewart was a longtime civil rights attorney, and in 1995 was the lead trial counsel of Sheikh Omar who was convicted in the same year. Acting compassionately on behalf of Omar, Stewart decided to distribute a press release of Omar’s at his request due to his limited ability to communicate with the outside world. That was in 2000, and then attorney general Janet Reno felt it unnecessary to prosecute Stewart. In 2002, Stewart was indicted by attorney general John Ashcroft and stripped of her license to practice law. Initially sentenced to 28 months in 2005, Stewart’s jail time was increased to ten-years due to a flippant remark made by the attorney in which she responded to her sentence saying, ‘I can do that standing on my head.’
Now, Stewart is fighting stage four cancer, and is nearing death. She is forced to meet physicians with ten-pounds of handcuffs and chains attached to her aging figure. Hopes for adequate medical attention within the prison are futile. Stewart is clearly the victim of persecution, and the consistent use of manacles upon the aging, frail grandmother amounts to cruel and unusual punishment; a violation of her civil rights. There exists a number of extenuating circumstances in which prison inmates can find their sentences reduced, and Stewart’s life-threatening illness is one of them. By signing this petition you will be urging for the compassionate release of Lynne Stewart, an elderly grandmother unjustly persecuted by a post-9/11 warmongering administration. Stewart was not sentenced to die in prison, but unless given the proper medical care and permanent transfer to a hospital, she will die an inmate.
Dear Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Charles E. Samuels, Jr.,
The wrongful imprisonment and ensuing abuse of inmate Lynne Stewart is abhorrent, despicable, and intolerable. Stewart is an elderly, compassionate, morally-upright individual that has served a lifetime defending the civil liberties of those whose rights have been infringed. Now she is suffering the consequences of advocating for the oppressed by serving a lengthy jail sentence which is depriving her of a fundamental human right to proper medical attention she greatly needs. Americans should not, and will not, stand for the disgusting treatment of one of our great social protectors; therefore, this petition serves as the demand of the people to release Lynne Stewart on conditions of compassionate release and common human decency in order to receive treatment for type four cancer. Lynne Stewart will die in prison if not allowed compassionate release, an outcome not intended in her sentencing. I, and others, will be outraged if Mrs. Stewart is not granted this clemency.
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