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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Lynne Stewart, Crusader for Justice Sent to Prison

Dec 21, 2009

Civil liberties attorney Lynne Stewart was sent to prison on November 19, to begin serving a 28-month sentence for “conspiracy to provide material aid to terrorist activity.”

What she had done was to defend a client both poor and unpopular, Sheik Omar Rahman – someone the U.S. government did not want to have a good defense. Secretly, the government recorded Stewart’s meetings with her client in order to find a way to prosecute her. The U.S. broke the law to frame up a lawyer doing her duty. The crime they charged her with was releasing a statement Rahman made for the press.

Now this 70-year-old woman, a former cancer patient with health issues, will go to jail for more than two years.

Freedom and justice for who?