The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart
Date Written: 20/03/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20546
Remembering Lynne Stewart, who died on March 12, 2017.
Five years after her 2005 "terrorist conspiracy" conviction, when I headed Lynne's defense committee on the West Coast, Lynne was cruelly sentenced to 10 years in a Texas prison, after vindictive federal prosecutors appealed the Federal Court judges sentence of some 30 months.
After serving three years in prison, UNAC and all of Lynne's supporters mounted a great campaign that won the support of 70,000 social activists across the country. Lynne, cancer ridden, was finally granted "compassionate release" following her prison doctors' diagnosis that she had less then a year to live. Lynne beat the odds and spent almost three years in freedom, continuing her lifelong commitment to defending all those victims of capitalist injustice.