Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart NOW!

Rally for Lynne Thursday August 8

August 3rd, 2013
A RALLY IN OUR COMMUNITY,
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013
Free Lynne Stewart Now!
12 – 2PM
Near the Federal Court Building
AT FOLEY SQUARE, IN THE PARK in Lower Manhattan
Trains: J/Z, 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.

Marty Goodman 7/31

PLEASE FORWARD (SHORT NOTICE)

Below is a report on the emergency “compassionate release” motion on behalf of Lynne Stewart heard today in Lower Manhattan. “Lynne Stewart is dying,” wrote her attorneys. Government and prison obstruction was obvious.See report below.

Another hearing is set for Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2pm at 500 Pearl Street.

ATTENTION: Rally today, Thursday, August 1st from 4pm -7pm in Foley Square. Pass it on. Free Lynne! Be there!

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Here’s an excellent and detailed report from Ralph Schoenman on what Judge Koeltl decided today in the matter of Lynne’s motion for “immediate conditional release.” In short, no decision on Lynne motion was made, but a second hearing was scheduled for Thursday, August 8 at 2 p.m. The door remains open for a victory and Lynne’s release.

Meanwhile, join us in SF tomorrow, Thursday, August 1 at the SF Federal Bldg. 12 Noon – 2 pm. We will be demanding Lynne’s immediate compassionate release.

In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler, West Coast Coordinator, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee; Co-coordinator, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
510-268-9429

—– Original Message —–
From: Ralph Schoenman
To: Taking Aim
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:52 PM
Subject: Update on Lynne Stewart’s court hearing from today

IMMEDIATE UPDATE ON THE COURT HEARING CONCERNING LYNNE STEWART

Ten minutes ago the hearing today before Judge John Koetl concluded. The following is a synopsis of what transpired as reported in a telephone call with Ralph Poynter:

Lynne Stewart’s attorneys filed an emergency Motion (2255) with Judge Koetl seeking Lynne’s “immediate conditional release” pending consideration of the legal issues presented in their brief.

The judge asked why they chose to exhaust their one time right to an emergency motion. The Defense response was that Lynne Stewart is terminally ill. The luxury of time is not available to her or her counsel. An expeditious response from the Court is imperative in the face of her medical condition and in the light of the Bureau of Prisons’ unwarranted denial of her application for compassionate release and protracted delays that could be expected if she submitted another application.

The Prosecution, acting for the Justice Department of Barack Obama, asserted that the Judge has no standing because there is no motion for Compassionate Release before him from Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. as specified in the 1984 Sentencing Act.

The Defense presented a Brief which documents that the Federal Bureau of Prisons had violated separation of powers as the 1984 Congressional Statute assigns to the Court the right to modify a prison sentence in light of facts not available at the time of trial, notably those pertaining to terminal illness. “The BOP has implemented its own interpretation and refused to notify the sentencing judge of objectively ‘extraordinary and compelling circumstances,’ including but not limited to imminent death, unless, in its own judgment, a motion should be granted. Between 2000 and 2008, on average, 21.3 motions were filed each year. In about 24% of those motions, the prisoner died before the district court ever had a chance to rule on the motion.”

“Lynne Stewart is dying,” wrote her attorneys. She does not want to die in prison or become another statistic of someone who dies while the Bureau of Prisons delays its reconsideration of another application for compassionate release that she plans to file soon.

Judge Koetl gave a directive to the Federal Attorney to set out its case by next Tuesday and also to explain why the Bureau of Prisons has refused to disclose or release the records that provide the basis for its denial of Lynne Stewart’s recent application for compassionate release.

Lynne Stewart’s defense attorneys will have one day to answer before the next hearing scheduled for Thursday, August 8 at 2 p.m.

Judge Koetl has the authority to mandate immediate conditional release to Lynne Stewart.

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LYNNE STEWART’S PLEA
FOR COMPASSIONATE RELEASE

DENIED!
START CALLING IMMEDIATELY!

KATHLEEN KENNEY, General Counsel,
Federal Bureau of Prisons – 1 202 307 3062
CHARLES SAMUELS, Director, BOP – 1 202 307 3250
FREE LYNNE STEWART

“BRING HER HOME NOW!”

RALLY + MARCH

MON JULY 1

4PM-7PM

MEET AT FOLEY SQUARE @ 4PM

in Lower Manhattan

MARCH to Federal Courthouse @ 500 Pearl ST

MARCH to MCC Jail

MARCH back to Foley Square for a RALLY

Rain or Shine!

 

BETTY DAVIS, LYNNE STEWART DEFENSE COMMITTEE

ANNE LAMB, NYC JERICHO MOVEMENT

DEQUI KIONI SADIKI, MXCC + SEKOU ODINGA DEFENSE COMMITTEE

SARA FLOUNDERS, INTERNATIONAL ACTION CENTER

CORINNE WILLINGER, GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE/RAGING GRANNIES


 

WHO WILL DEFEND THE EDWARD SNOWDENS

WHEN THE LAWYERS ARE IN JAIL?

 

GO TO:  http://lynnestewart.org/

 

DICK GREGORY
HAS PLEDGED TO FAST ‘TIL LYNNE IS FREE…
HE’S STOOD VIGIL IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE…

HOW can YOU HELP?
On FB:  https://www.facebook.com/events/157045337816014/?context=create#

MAKE A CALL 4 LYNNE TODAY
– AND EVERY DAY ‘TIL SHE’S FREE!

Attorney General Eric Holder – 1 202 514 2001
White House President Obama – 1 202 456 1414
Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels – 1 202 307 3250
FBOP General Counsel Kathleen Kenney – 1 202 307 3062

Want to join the vigil in DC?
Call Lynne’s husband, Ralph Poynter,
(917) 852-9759

“KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!”
http://lynnestewart.org/

Emergency Alert: Lynne Stewart In Grave Danger
 The warden of Carswell FCI agreed to forward the compassionate release petition to the DOJ. The time to increase the heat is now.
White House vigil for Lynne Stewart’s compassionate release started Monday, June 17 and is GROWING. 
 KEEP THE PRESSURE ON.
Media Contact: Ralph Poynter:               1-917-853-9759   
LynneStewart.org
The continuing campaign to gain Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart — the grievously ill, imprisoned human rights attorney — is headed to Washington, D.C.
Despite being approved for compassionate release, Stewart continues to be held in Carswell Federal Prison in seriously deteriorating health.
Lynne Stewart’s spouse, the 79-year-old social justice activist RalphPoynter, will lead a continuing vigil in front of the White House starting on Monday, June 17.
Poynter urges all those concerned with justice, compassion and basic human rights to join him whether they are available for an hour, for the day, or for the duration. He will be at the White House and making visits to the Federal Bureau of Prisons several blocks away, at 320 First St. NW, Washington D.C., 20534.
Lynne Stewart, age 73, is suffering from stage 4 cancer in her lungs. The cancer has metastasized rapidly to her lymph nodes and shoulder. She has lost 60 pounds and her condition is deteriorating rapidly. Stewart’s condition is well-known and medically documented.
As Poynter explains: “Lynne has passed all of the legalities of compassionate release and qualifies for release as the bill was written. The prison warden at Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed for her release, and so has the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Charles R. Samuels. Probation officers charged with inspecting Lynne’s future residenceapproved her housing. All that is required by the statute of compassionate release has been done. Yet Lynne is still in jail! Every day that her release is postponed makes treatment of her cancer more difficult.”
The national campaign for Stewart’s Compassionate Release started more than three months ago, in early March. Thousands of petitions were sent and thousands of phone calls made urging her release. The warden at Carswell Federal Prison recommended her immediate compassionate release six weeks ago.
As the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee has explained, Stewart is not guilty of any crimes. In representing a prisoner charged with terrorism, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, Stewart was unjustly convicted of delivering a simple press release for her client.
All those who are concerned with Lynne’s health and unable to get to Washington, D.C., are urged to continue calling the White House, Attorney General and Federal Bureau of Prisons and sending petitions.
CALL: White House – President Barack Obama               1-202-456-1414              
 
Attorney General Eric Holder –          1-202-514-2001          
 
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director Charles Samuels –               1-202-307-3250           
Sign petition at IACenter.org/LynneStewart or at LynneStewart.org

ALL OUT EFFORT: Make Calls Wed-Fri June 12-14 to Bring Lynne Stewart Home!
WED-THUR-FRI: ALL OUT EFFORT: MAKE CALLS TO SAVE LYNNE STEWART’S LIFE


Please take time Wed-Thurs-Fri, June 12-14 to make calls for Lynne. An all-out effort is needed NOW! Your calls are having an impact. AND IF YOU CAN, JOIN RALPH POYNTER AT NOON ON MONDAY JUNE 17 IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.

Add your voice urging immediate Compassionate Release for imprisoned human rights attorney Lynne Stewart who is suffering with Stage 4 cancer in her lungs, chest and lymph nodes. Lynne needs immediate specialized medical care.

CALL: Attorney General Eric Holder – 1 202 514 2001
White House President Obama – 1 202 456 1414
Federal Bureau of Prisons – Director Charles Samuels – 1 202 307 3250

Please click here to sign or re-sign the petition for compassionate release for Lynne Stewart. Keep the pressure on!

LYNNE’S PARTNER RALPH POYNTER SAYS:

Greetings to all
and many many thanks for this show support…

If Lynne’s not home Friday or Saturday,…..I plan to make a stand in Washington D.C. starting Monday…in front of the white house…
Hope those who can will join me..

Ralph Poynter

The IAC urges everyone who can to join Ralph in front of the white house at noon on Monday with signs and banners

For more information and latest updates, go to LynneStewart.org

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May 8, 2013
Times Square, NYC
Photo credit Julia
Reinhart

A
LONG VIGIL

FOR
A
LONG
STRUGGLE
LYNNE
STEWART

SHOULD BE FREE!

Together
we will create a public presence in
front
of the very courts that persecuted Lynne Stewart.
We
will stand for love, courage and solidarity to make the call for
Lynne
to return home.
STAND
WITH THE MANY
NOT
WITH THE FEW

Photo
credit Chiu Ng

Photo
credit Mickey Z.
RELEASE LYNNE STEWART
On April 26, 2013,
people gathered outside the gates of the U.S. Federal Prison in
Carswell,
Texas where
Lynne
Stewart is being held.

WHAT
WILL WE DO?

1. Sign the petition for a Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart.


2. Post photos and the slideshow by clicking here on Facebook and Twitter,
with links to the petition. Raise awareness about Lynne’s case, her appeal for a Compassionate Release and encourage people you know tosign the petition.

3. Write a letter to Judge Charles Samuels, who is looking at Lynne’s case. Write that Lynne Stewart should be discharged on Compassionate Release grounds.

Charles E. Samuels, Jr. Director
321 First Street NW
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Washington, DC 20534

4. We will come out to stand together in Foley Square, NYC, this Wednesday, in Lynne’s city and stand up for her. We will create a public presence from Carswell, Texas to Times Square,
to Foley Square, New York to stand for compassion, for love, for justice for Lynne Stewart and ask others to stand with us.
We
will be part of this wave of humanity…
to
get justice done to bring Lynne home.

We
will not delay. Time is of the essence.

May 8, 2013
Times Square, NYC
Photo credit Bud
Korotzer



In Lynne’s own words, “until my feet are planted like the Tree that grows in Brooklyn and I am around my friends, family and comrades… we must continue. Fight On!!”


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