Jun 19 2014

Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter On Life, Activism, Prison, and Freedom

Famed activist Lawyer Lynne Stewart as freed earlier this year on compassionate release as she battled cancer in prison. The celebrated lawyer who had been incarcerated under post 9-11 “Special Administrative Measures” for sharing her terrorism suspect client’s views with a reporter, was freed after 4 years in prison, where she suffered from late-stage breast cancer and was given only 18 months to live.

Progressives all over the nation, led by Stewart’s husband, Ralph Poynter, organized for her release for many months.

Lynne Stewart is well known for representing controversial clients, and according to one press account, she “defended America’s poor, underprivileged, unwanted, and forgotten (Indymedia).”

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