Clinton Judge Who Freed Lynne Stewart Praised her “Dedication”


Dedication. That’s certainly one word for it.

While agreeing that Ms. Stewart had flouted the law and deceived the government by breaking prison rules to publicize the sheik’s messages, Judge Koeltl broadly rejected the prosecutors’ portrayal of her as a serial liar and terrorist conspirator who would be a danger to society if she remained free.

Instead, he focused on her past service as a lawyer. “She has represented the poor, the disadvantaged and the unpopular,” Judge Koeltl said, adding that Ms. Stewart had demonstrated “enormous skill and dedication” in her legal work and earned little money from it.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Ms. Stewart performed a public service not only to her clients but to the nation,” Judge Koeltl told a crowded but hushed courtroom.

Judge Koeltl was appointed by Bill Clinton so there are no surprises here.  Koeltl gave Stewart a lenient sentence. Now he’s able to set her free.

Stewart’s trial lasted six months and the jury deliberated for 13 days before convicting her. She faced up to 30 years in prison but the sentencing judge, Clinton-appointed John Koeltl, was one of her biggest fans and she only got 28 months.

Three years later a federal appellate court ordered that Stewart be resentenced and she got slapped with 10 years, still well below the maximum.

A mainstream media outlet reports that Koeltl’s order says Stewart’s “terminal medical condition and very limited life expectancy constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons that warrant the requested reduction.” Back home in New York Stewart celebrated with her supporters, telling a local newspaper that there’s nothing like freedom and that she’s going to celebrate with a party.

The terror sheikh’s victims, including the men, women and little murdered in Luxor, won’t be invited.


  • y3524m

    Daniel, for clinton, implicit pardoning by none other than himself of terrorists should surprise no one when one of his cronies does the same.

    besides, terrorists don’t kill people, bombs do.

    courtesy of wikipediadotorg

    FALN Commutation of 1999

    On August 11, 1999, Clinton commuted the sentences of 16 members of FALN, a violent Puerto Rican terrorist group that set off 120 bombs in the United States, mostly in New York City and Chicago. There were convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery, bomb-making, and sedition, as well as firearms and explosives violations.[5] The 16 were convicted of conspiracy and sedition and sentenced with terms ranging from 35 to 105 years in prison. Congress, however, recognizes that the FALN is responsible for “6 deaths and the permanent maiming of dozens of others, including law enforcement officials.” Clinton offered clemency on the condition that the prisoners renounce violence, seeing as none of the 16 had been convicted of harming anyone and they had already served 19 years in prison. This action was lobbied for by ten Nobel Laureates, the Archbishop of Puerto Rico and the Roman Catholic Cardinal of New York City. [6] The commutation was opposed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was criticized by many, including former victims of FALN terrorist activities and the Fraternal Order of Police.[7] Hillary Clinton, then campaigning for her first term in the Senate, initially supported the commutation,[8] but later withdrew her support.[9]

    Congress condemned this action by President Clinton, with votes of 95-2 in the Senate and 311-41 in the House.[10][11] The U.S. House Committee on Government Reform held an investigation on the matter, but the Justice Departmentprevented FBI officials from testifying.[12] President Clinton cited executive privilege for his refusal to turn over some documents to Congress related to his decision to offer clemency to members of the FALN terrorist group.”

  • A Z

    Is the blind sheikh even sane?

    His diabetes is so bad, he lost his eyesight.

    Think about it. Eyes are like the brain they are attached to. They are not avascular ligaments or resilient muscle tissue. They have high metabolic needs. If the eye are not getting it how can we assume the brain is getting it.

    If the brain cells are not up to snuff, then how can the blind sheikh be reasoning well. Theology is like physics. It is is intricate and very involved. If you are not careful, you can argue yourself into a dead end. Physicists may create a black hole… “whoopsie my bad!” the results of bad theology can be equally bad.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      How sane was he to begin with?

      • A Z

        Before diabetes took his toll, he was not sane to begin with because he was full of hate.

        After onset of deterioration due to diabetes it makes it harder to reason perhaps.

        I also have a problem with people who memorize the Bible,Talmud, Koran or any discipline by rote. If you can memorize the whole Koran you are given status. But that is like the memorizing the history of the world by rote (dates, etc) and not being able to critically think. You need both. All Rahman has is the former.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Blind people memorizing the Koran is a thing in the Muslim world also. Though he wasn’t blind to begin with.

          • truebearing

            Maybe the hate he internalized blinded him.

        • truebearing

          The human mind can be altered tremendously by adherence to
          belief systems, good or bad, but few systems of mind control are as destructive
          as Islam, and none are as openly hostile to human life.

          When you judge a system of beliefs, you judge it based on what
          it teaches. Islam teaches its followers to enslave or kill all non-believers.
          This level of ideological malevolence has provento have the power to drive Muslims
          insane. It is especially effective because the message of Islam is driven deep
          into the believer’s subconcious from early childhood. Maybe there should be a
          special category of insanity called “ideologically induced insanity.” Islam and
          Marxism are the ultimate examples of this kind of collective psychopathology.
          Perhaps we should call it “Formative Insanity,” but it is a form of insanity
          that the world should recognize and eradicate.

          are a perfect example of the cognitive destruction that can result from adherence
          to a toxic ideology. The insanity of political correctness has destroyed their
          rational capacity and even their survival instinct.

  • truebearing

    I guess the judge doesn’t consider having one’s nose and ears being cut off before being brutally murdered as “disadvantaged.” And somehow, this twisted fool thinks dedication to defending people who conspire to destroy America is a virtue — but how exactly does that dedication remain virtuous in light of the sadistic, inhumane victimization of women and children by those Stewart has defended and conspired with?

    Stewart should have been hung for treason and the judge thrown in prison for aggravated stupidity.

  • hrwolfe

    If you want a good giggle watch the Democracy Newscasts. The anchor Amy Goodman is as bizarre a communist as you will ever see. She is award winning, I just do not know who gives her the awards.

  • herb benty

    Leftist schooling, leftist universities, leftist lawyers and way too much city life produce twisted thinking such as this.

  • Ganesha_akbar

    Once again, this was the most disgraceful spectacle since Scotland released the Lockerbie bomber.

    No doubt self-congratulatory Leftists regard this obscene gesture as furthering the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who’s perverse misconception of “reconciliation” served to legitimate today’s modern age of terrorism.

    Mandela’s signature mendacity was perhaps best captured in 2002 (following the 9-11 attacks) when he lobbied tirelessly for “compassionate” release of the Lockerbie bomber who slaughtered 270 innocents (189 Americans).

    “Megrahi is all alone,” Mandela told a packed press conference in the prison’s visitors’ room. “He has nobody he can talk to. It is a psychological persecution that a man must stay for the length of his long sentence all alone.”

    Megrahi ultimately served a mere 8 years of his life sentence.

  • ZZ

    Monsters like Stewart and the terror sheik are always dedicated. Dedication to evil is not a virtue.

    Is there any way the public can force Koeltl from the bench? He’s every bit as much of an abomination as Stewart and her terror sheik.

  • truebearing

    Great, all three of them eventually posted. Why did I get the “this comment is being reviewed” message, and the delay?