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Thursday, 12 September 2013

NLG Calls on Atty. General Holder to Grant Compassionate Release to Lynne Stewart

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*Contact*: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Coordinator, 212-679-5100, ext. 15
, communications@nlg.org

NEW YORK--The National Lawyers Guild, and several legal and social justice
organizations, today called on Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the
Bureau of Prisons to grant compassionate release to Lynne Stewart, whose
medical condition continues to deteriorate. Citing reforms to the Bureau of
Prison’s (BOP) compassionate release program, which Holder announced to the
American Bar Association in San Francisco in August 2013, the letter urges
that the process of consideration be expedited, given that compassionate
release was previously approved by the warden at the Federal Medical Center
at Carswell, where Ms. Stewart is serving her ten-year sentence, and given
that her condition clearly falls within the newly-announced standards for
compassionate release.

During an August 8 hearing, Judge John Koeltl agreed that Ms. Stewart’s
medical condition had seriously deteriorated.  The U.S. Attorney did not
refute this assessment. Judge Koeltl noted additionally: “The petitioner
has appropriately submitted a renewed petition for compassionate release to
the BOP, and the court is prepared to give prompt and sympathetic
consideration to any motion by the BOP that seeks compassionate release."

Groups joining the Guild are the Center for Constitutional Rights, Chicago
Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Defending Dissent Foundation,
Freedom Socialist Party, Human Rights Research Fund, National Coalition to
Protect Civil Liberties, NJ State Industrial Union Council, Partnership for
Civil Justice Fund, Anti-Racist Action L.A., Jericho Amnesty Movement, Los
Angeles Chapter, Radical Women and Urban Justice Center.

*To read the full letter to Attorney General Holder, visit
https://www.nlg.org/news/releases/lynne-stewart-letter-to-holder or see
Tasha Moro
National Lawyers Guild
Communications Coordinator
212.679.5100, ext. 15
@NLGNews <https://twitter.com/nlgnews>
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