continuing campaign to gain Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart --
the grievously ill, imprisoned human rights attorney -- is headed to
Despite being approved for compassionate release, Stewart continues to be held in Carswell Federal Prison in seriously deteriorating health.
Stewart’s spouse, the 79-year-old social justice activist Ralph
Poynter, will lead a continuing vigil in front of the White House
starting on Monday, June 17.
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, at320First 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: “Lynnehas passed all of the legalities of compassionate release andqualifies for release as the bill was written.The prison warden at Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed forher release, and so has the director of the Federal Bureau ofPrisons, Charles R. Samuels. Probation officers charged with inspectingLynne’s future residenceapprovedher housing. All that is required by the statute ofcompassionate release has been done. Yet Lynne is still injail!Every day that her release is postponed makes treatment of her cancer more difficult.”
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
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.
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.
Lynne Stewart Must Be Free! Lynne Stewart and her husband Ralph Poynter.
demands that Lynne Stewart be released immediately from prison so she
and her family can fight for her life. Lynne Stewart, is political
prisoner and a renowned human rights lawyer who is currently serving a
ten year sentence at FMC Carswell TX.