Wiping the Smirk off Stewart’s Face

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Every now and then, a smug, gloating know-it-all unexpectedly comes face-to-face with painful reality, causing his or her seemingly permanent smirk to be wiped away in a mere instant. For the self-proclaimed “radical human rights attorney” Lynne Stewart, such a day came last Thursday, when she learned, to her astonishment, that the length of the prison sentence she already has been serving will be more than quadrupled.

The roots of Stewart’s imprisonment date back at least to the year 2000, when she illegally smuggled messages from her incarcerated client, the Muslim terrorist sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, to his violent devotees in his native Egypt. In 2005, the now-disbarred Stewart was convicted of those transgressions. Given the serious nature of her crimes, prosecutors at the time asked the court to impose a 30-year prison sentence. But instead, judge John G. Koeltl of Federal District Court in Manhattan sentenced her to a mere 28 months. Koetl explained that while Stewart’s actions did indeed constitute “extraordinarily severe criminal conduct” – as well as “dishonesty and breach of trust” with “potentially lethal consequences” – during her long legal career she had “performed a public service, not only to her clients, but to the nation.”

Because her prison term was so short, a gloating Stewart instantly depicted herself as the victor in the case. Soon after her sentence had been handed down, she told a crowd of supporters: “He [the judge] gave me time off for good behavior, and he gave it to me in advance of the sentence … he said that my extraordinary work meant that I could not get a sentence that the government wanted.” Stewart then told the press not only that she could serve such a brief period “standing on my head,” but also that, if ever the opportunity were to present itself, she would once again do the very things for which she had just been convicted. After numerous delays, the 70-year-old Stewart finally began serving her 28 months in November 2009. Then, last Thursday, Judge Koeltl increased that sentence to ten years.

Stewart herself sowed the seeds of this bitter harvest by gloating without restraint after the original sentence had been handed down. Soon thereafter, prosecutors filed an appeal of the sentence, arguing that a more appropriate prison term would be in the range of 15 to 30 years. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit – after considering how egregiously Stewart had abused her position as an attorney in her dealings with Rahman, and how Stewart had subsequently committed perjury when testifying at her trial – overturned the original sentence and sent the case back to Judge Koetl, asking him to consider lengthening Stewart’s jail time. Koetl concluded that Stewart’s self-congratulatory statements and jovial demeanor in the aftermath of her first sentencing indicated “a lack of remorse” on her part, and suggested that “the original sentence was not sufficient.” Thus he imposed the ten-year sentence.

To provide context, a quick review of the precise nature of Stewart’s crimes, and the crimes of her client, are in order. The client, Omar Abdel Rahman, is the longtime “spiritual leader” of the Egypt-based Islamic Group, which was was originally an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and is closely linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. From its inception, the Islamic Group’s objective was to overthrow Egypt’s existing government and replace it with a fundamentalist Islamic regime. Eschewing diplomatic compromise entirely, the Islamic Group viewed violent jihad as the only acceptable means of advancing its power. In addition, the organization advocated the spread of violence and mayhem to “infidel” countries like the United States and its allies, and openly called for the destruction of Israel. In 1981 Rahman issued a religious edict condemning Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to death for the role he had played in negotiating peace with Israel; soon thereafter, Muslim fundamentalists assassinated Sadat.

In October 1995 a federal court in New York – in a case where Lynne Stewart served as the head of a legal defense team that also included Ramsey Clark and Abdeen Jabara – convicted Rahman and nine co-defendants of seditious conspiracy for planning to wage a “war of urban terrorism” against the United States. This war, which Rahman never managed to launch successfully, was slated to feature the near-simultaneous bombings of the United Nations Building, the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, and the main Federal office building in Manhattan. According to prosecutors, the February 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which killed six people, was also part of Rahman’s overall conspiracy, though the latter was never accused of helping to carry out that particular attack. In addition, Rahman was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 1993. In January 1996, three months after his convictions, Rahman was sentenced to life in prison. Fifteen months later, the U.S. government, in an effort to terminate Rahman’s connections to active terrorists, blocked him from communicating with anyone in the outside world.

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  • Pergolesi

    It's nice to have a small victory in the ongoing 'war on terror.' I know it's not much in the big picture but somehow it's very psychologically satisfying to know that smirking, repulsive toad is going for a dime. Try doing that on your fat, ugly head, comrade!

  • Hammer2

    Couldn't happen to a more deserving person! Imagine how that poor judge felt, realizing he had been played for a fool by someone who he had great respect & admiration for (and likely shared some of the same leftist sympathies).

  • david

    this piece of excrement finally got its comeuppance.

  • BS77

    keep this appalling and awful traitor locked up

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/iyzablue iyzablue

    Its always a good feeling seeing justice being served on those so arrogant as this. Bravo to the judge for seeing the error of his ways and perhaps learning his own lessons from this!

  • Tony Buontempo

    What i fins so disturbing about this incident is no one died from what she did. However, by revealing Valerie Plame Wilson identity, Cheney and Libby engaged in an activity leading directly to the death of American agent overseas. I think if Stewart gets 10 years for dumbs comments, these two state official terrorists should be put to death.

    Oh wait, thats right, conservative terrorists who murder Americans tying to stop the Iranians nuclear program get off with a slap on the wrist. Bad on me, I forgot the rule. Dumb statements by human rights lawyer, 10 years. Murder of Americans and treason by conservatives, nothing.

    • Sashland

      Tony: your comments are blatant lies. We know who revealed Plame's identity, and it was NOT Cheney or Libby; the prosecutor know all along that its was Colin Powell's right-hand-man. You are either deliberately lying or totally and proudly ignorant of the facts, facts that are easily obtainable in the media.

      Yet, you do speak one "truth" that reveals your under-lying agenda = "what I fins (sic) so disturbing is that no one died from what she said" which I read as your disappointment that she was unable to get someone killed; would you be happier to know that her treason lead directly to deaths caused by islanic terrorists?

      What I find disturbing is that many people may actually have died directly because of what she did, so at least you can take solace in your mutual love of terrorist murderers.

      Why don't you get off your boring "Cheney/Libby" schtick actually read the article: she was intentionally breaking the law and deceiving the court in order to promote the agenda of a top terror planner and death fatwas were the specific items she delivered. Why would you have ANY sympathy?

      Now, if they could just get Ramsey Clark for being an unregistered foreign agent of Iraq and find the money trail to ANSWER.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/LiberalTrash LiberalTrash

      Tony, you are an intellectually and morally bankrupt MSM brainwashed moron. Go back to your hate-America bong and leave the world's security to the adults.

  • bill

    Someone ought to wipe that 5 O'Clock shadow off her face too…get the girl a shave for God's sake.

  • EdwinS

    Hoist by her own petard!!
    It feels so good to see that scum get what she deserves…

  • jbtrevor

    Her world once filled with love & laughter now slipping away from her? Gee, likely the sentiments of every victim of Islamists….

  • tonypal

    Fantastic article. Too bad we didn't have some pictures. I'd love to have seen this monstrous woman's reactions as she heard the words come from the judge's mouth.

  • Funkmaster Chris

    Hope she enjoys standing on her head for a bit longer.

  • BS77

    what an appalling and horrible traitorous person…..a "hero" to the leftist wackos.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/andre_canuck andre_canuck

    Let's just hope that the current WH occupant does not pardon her citing poor health or something like that. After all, both Stewart and Obama are close to the Weather Underground group. This is not far-fetched.

    • moiuer

      I had not initially thought of this but you are right. OBH will pardon her, and would guess this will be just before he leaves office. We can hope this will be in 2012.

    • Sashland

      I hear that she has prostate cancer…

      well, she certainly has "balls" to be such an obvious lawbreaker and gloat about her original short sentence.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/shiham shiham

    The world of liberalism is filled with sluts like this. She has no intention of ever changing her ways. After the sentence she should be expelled from the USA for good. Same thing with Ramsey Clark. A complete waste.

  • Reaganite2_0

    As much as it is nice to see her smug mouth being shut, I would like to see her in prison for another 50 years. No punishment too harsh for traitors.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/OLDPUPPYMAX OLDPUPPYMAX

    Given that the radical left occupies both the White House and the MSM, don't be too shocked to see a pardon from Hussein. After all, the only way anyone would HEAR about it would be if Rush should see her at a supermarket!

  • Rita

    That is very good news. Can we now get serious about cleaning up the mess in Washington?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/greasywrench greasywrench

    I guess the irony is lost on Ms Stewart that the very people she helps would kill her in a New York minute because she is a woman. She's not a "useful idiot", she's just an idiot. Hopefully she can now end her life behind bars where she belongs and become the martyr she has so often professed to being. Lynn, you talked the talk and now it's time to walk the walk. Good ridance hag! BTW, when you meet in Hell you can tell William Cuntsler I said howdy.

  • phillipgaley

    I showed our children how scary movies are made—as with blue hues, and lights so placed to cast particular kinds of shadows—and in that same vein, before Lynne's trial, in the Portland State University Students Lobby, I took my sons to see her billing, roughly, something on the order of, how the dirty rotten stinking federal government is railroading Lynne Stewart—we wore our blue corduroy Desert Storm caps. I was amazed at how easily Lynne's side of things coincided with the federals view, and of how easy the case appeared to be proven from her own mouth.
    And yet, however those things might have been, the shocking thing—in both their appearances and and words—was the weak and shallow base represented in the anarchist scallawags who turned out to support her
    In all, Lynne's is a personality type which—myself, a 30+ years, Oregon resident—I would say is common among the creatures inhabiting the left coast—at the very least, so in Portland. In her ready smile and quick mannerisms consistent with her glib speech, she seemed to present herself and her friends as a few squirrels glad for their own pile of nuts, watching our national government as a child with his cookie, knowing that, should the cookie break, why then would there be some pieces for them—the while, apprehending so little of the gravity of the law, and nothing of the probity which was her duty, and nothing of the momentous nature of the things in the gravamen—like a squirrel, . . . so much like a squirrel, . . . but trapped in a human body, . . . and, dangerous, . . .

  • Ron

    Now for the arrogant, smug, gloating, know-it-all in the White House!!!

    This B___h belongs in prison! At 70, hopefully this will be a life sentence!!

    rd

  • Larry C.

    Hello,
    She likes to spend time on her head, why not make her stand on it for the ten years she has to serve? Sounds like the right thing to do. Especially after her big mouth getting her into trouble.

  • Proud Infidel

    I have to confess a certain level of satisfaction seeing her sentence increased to 10 years. This arrogant commie piece of garbage thought he had foiled the system, instead she's going to sit in prison for a while yet. You reap what you sow.

    As a couple of poster have already, Stewart is a prime candidate for a pardon from our "President". I'd be surprised if he didn't pardon his fellow traveller.

  • web

    Like many leftists, looks like she needs a bath, haircut, and a good shave.

  • johnnywood

    "Be sure your sin will find you out" eventually.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Well the poor dear soul, in the slammer for another eight years, how delightful.
    If she cared for the innocent lives her clients were destroying she might have
    lent a hand in exposing their evil plans and thus changing history for the better.
    She did not and still gets off light, if only the rest of her crew meets justice somewhere.

    It is interesting that leftist activests conjoin with Jihadists in their conduct, one must
    wonder how clean Obamas hands are and what his conduct has brought about,
    like destroying big parts of America for starters, maybe a judge will be looking in to
    this and hopefully one that is not intent on leniency………………………William

  • rachelle stern

    The most remarkable and somewhat crazy thing about all this is that this creature was born of Jewish parents and is old enough to know that those who want to kill Jews often find a way to succeed. The fact that such treason is no longer punished with a more fitting and final sentence boggles my mind and I say that as a female attorney, a New Yorker and someone who has seen few who have done such so much harm to women, attorneys and New Yorkers as this [expletive deleted].

  • Churchill

    In Stewart's case, a statutue was broken without doubt. But by what standard is lesser aiding and abetting of the enemy going to be punished.

    Let's think back to 9/10/ 2001. Do any of you remember the crap coming out of the mouths of The Democracy Now ding bats? It was our fault. The roots of their anger is under our door posts. Blada Blada right on through the hand wringing over Abu Grab.

    During WW II, anybody who wanted to show boat their warped personality by supporting the Nazis or Tojo was locked up and the key thrown away.

    Too bad our hearts have weakened so fast. How soon we forget that in war, the government's role in protecting its citizens is paramount.

  • badaboo

    lol…this is a classic case of digging your own grave with your own tongue . now anbout that judge who gave the 28 month sentence …….

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Chezwick_Mac Chezwick_Mac

    A smile for the occasion.

  • pyeatte

    Hopefully this will be the last time anyone hears from her.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/chucksampson LoneStar

    She needs a razor, seriously.

  • LaVallette

    The most appropriate word is in German: schadenfreude

  • Jim Keearney

    " surrounded by love laughter and family" ? She has a new family now. She feels diminished. now? Let her end her days becoming smaller and smaller, wolfing down cheese sandwiches, and asking to go to the yard. She betrayed her nation, her religion, AND her family. I only hope she doesn't get protective custody. Soon, she'll be joining her mentor William Kunstler in hell. Do not stop, do not pass go, GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL AND THEN ON TO HELL. TO THE LEVEL OF TRAITORS.

  • Scraps

    Nah, if they gave her a razor she'd probably try to use it to commit suicide. I'd rather she rot in jail for another eight years.

  • Vic Bailey

    The only way we are going to save America is to downsize Lawyers, they have a hand in EVERYTHING even where they are NOT NEEDED. They are the scum of the earth. Used to be a hand shake was a done deal now that lawyers have taken over even contracts aren't any good. Because of loopholes. Lawyers are leeches and the ticks to manking, taking money that is NOT worked for, and they have you believing that we can't get along without them. Writing 2500 pages of health care that only they can understand. If you go to any law school and follow any class after graduation within three years 1/3 are disbarred, and the rest hasn't been caught, YET. They are NOT for the little man, every one of them CAN BE BOUGHT, so think about it when you want to send a Lawyer to Washington. Every time you do, it costs the American Taxpayer MILLIONS, and you can NEVER get rid of them.

  • David

    She/he/it is ugly outside but uglier inside.

  • Robert Albany, NY

    Quite simply: rot in prison.

  • Branded9

    The problem is that this is just one crooked lawyer that has been reprimanded, and jailed there are at least 100 in Washington offices in the Senate and Congress. Until we wise up and QUIT sending lawyers to Washington we will be in a mess. Working men need to be in office of the Senate and Congress, lawyers put NO-ONE to work they put people OUT OF WORK. Lawyers NEVER give they ALWAYS TAKE, and they are for the richest not the poorest, because they want BIG money. Poor people are outbid at every turn, so STOP SENDING LAWYERS TO WASHINGTON.

  • Jazon

    Unfortunately, not even the radical religion she so favors offers hope; Islam despises radical women.
    Jason

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