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Prosecutor: Lawyer helped sheik break law (Lynne Stewart)
Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/29/04 | Larry Nuemeister - AP

Posted on 12/29/2004 10:13:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK (AP) - A lawyer and two co-defendants helped an imprisoned Egyptian sheik commit a sort of "jailbreak" by allowing him to get around prison rules and feed messages to terrorists overseas, a prosecutor told a federal jury Wednesday.

In his closing argument, assistant U.S. attorney Andrew Dember asked the jury to convict the three of a conspiracy to overcome the government's effort to silence the still "powerful and influential" prisoner, Omar Abdel-Rahman.

Civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart and her co-defendants, Ahmed Abdel Sattar and Mohamed Yousry, testified they obeyed the law in the work they did for Abdel-Rahman.

The blind sheik, who entered the United States in 1990, is serving a life prison sentence for his 1995 conviction for inspiring plots to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and blow up New York City landmarks.

Dember told jurors the three defendants in effect "broke Abdel-Rahman out of jail, made him available to the worst kind of criminal we find in this world - terrorists."

Stewart represented Abdel-Rahman at his trial, while Sattar served as a paralegal. Until their 2002 arrests, Stewart and Yousry, an Arabic translator, continued working on the sheik's legal team while Sattar provided materials to read to the sheik.

The trial, which began with jury selection in May and opening statements in June, has been closely watched in part because of the rarity of a defense lawyer being prosecuted in federal court for actions she took on behalf of her client.

The case was expected to go to the jury next week. Sattar could face life in prison and Stewart and Yousry up to 20 years.

Dember warned jurors that the case was not about the Egyptian government, what the defendants thought about the government's effort to silence the sheik or the religion of Islam.

Those subjects arose as all three defendants testified in recent weeks, saying they kept the convicted sheik informed of world events but did not believe they had committed a crime. The extensive testimony by defendants is rare in a federal trial.

Prosecutors say Sattar brazenly used his telephone and fax machine to conspire with members of an Egyptian terrorist group to kidnap and kill people overseas. They say Stewart and Yousry conspired to provide material support to terrorists.

But Stewart said she felt an ethical obligation as a lawyer to keep the sheik's name and views relevant worldwide so he might someday be transferred to Egyptian prisons, where he would be watched by prison officers who know his language and traditions.

Yousry conceded on the stand that he was not immediately forthcoming with FBI agents who interviewed him after the 2001 terrorist attacks, but said he was worried about the "climate in the country" and how he would be viewed for his work for the sheik.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abdelrahman; breaklaw; helped; jihadinamerica; lawyer; lynnestewart; prosecutor; sattar; sheik; terrortrials; yousry

AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel/File

Lynne Stewart

1 posted on 12/29/2004 10:13:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Stewart ought to be strung up--the traitorous leech


2 posted on 12/29/2004 10:15:30 AM PST by fastattacksailor (The US without the UN is like not having your mother-in-law with you on your honeymoon)
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To: NormsRevenge

As a lawyer - I say drop the freaking hammer on her!


3 posted on 12/29/2004 10:15:40 AM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: NormsRevenge

"But Stewart said she felt an ethical obligation as a lawyer to keep the sheik's name and views relevant worldwide so he might someday be transferred to Egyptian prisons, where he would be watched by prison officers who know his language and traditions."

Huh?


4 posted on 12/29/2004 10:17:19 AM PST by Spok
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To: NormsRevenge
"But Stewart said she felt an ethical obligation as a lawyer to keep the sheik's name and views relevant worldwide so he might someday be transferred to Egyptian prisons, where he would be watched by prison officers who know his language and traditions."

bla, bla, bla - traitorous b!tch
5 posted on 12/29/2004 10:19:38 AM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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Any resemblance to MooreOn is purely coincidental. ;-)


6 posted on 12/29/2004 10:19:40 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like she's earned herself a bunk at Gitmo.


7 posted on 12/29/2004 10:20:19 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: fastattacksailor

Put the creature (I refuse to call her a woman) up against a wall and shoot her -- multiple times. Traitorous bi!ch.


8 posted on 12/29/2004 10:21:00 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: fastattacksailor
Stewart ought to be strung up--

I'd like to see it done at the next graduation of whatever law school she went to.

9 posted on 12/29/2004 10:22:25 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: NormsRevenge

Norm...

Has anyone ever seen them together?

a Coincidence, perhaps?


10 posted on 12/29/2004 10:22:27 AM PST by fastattacksailor (The US without the UN is like not having your mother-in-law with you on your honeymoon)
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To: NormsRevenge

OMFG!!!!! UUUUUUGGGGGGGGLLLLLLLYYYYYYY!!!!!
MY EYES! MY EYES!!!!!

I got an Idea.... lets send her to a Saudi jail!!!!


11 posted on 12/29/2004 10:24:08 AM PST by Hu Gadarn
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OMG!!!!!!!!! That is a female?

Civil-rights lawyer, huh. You mean criminals-rights.


12 posted on 12/29/2004 10:29:50 AM PST by atruelady
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To: NormsRevenge

HAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!


13 posted on 12/29/2004 10:30:28 AM PST by atruelady
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To: NormsRevenge

bulldyke, feminazi libturd.

Judge to Nasty pig Stewart: "We're gonna give you a fair trial followed by a FIRST CLASS HANGING!"


14 posted on 12/29/2004 10:32:17 AM PST by HMFIC (US Marines, you yell, we shell.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for making me barf my chow up. Please post a BARF ALERT when you post two butt-ass ugly swine like these two...TOGETHER in one frame.

YACK! YEECH! RALPHHHHHH!


15 posted on 12/29/2004 10:33:16 AM PST by HMFIC (US Marines, you yell, we shell.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe it's me but it seems that every one of these anti-American, commie libs defies the laws of nature in their abject ugliness (see Helen Thomas, Lillian Hellman,Bella Abzug).


16 posted on 12/29/2004 10:53:00 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: NormsRevenge
Everything we have heard about Lynn Stewart jives with that systemic hatred of America that arose in her generation during the 60s.

It's doubtful that she is capable of loyalty to her country.

17 posted on 12/29/2004 10:58:31 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: NormsRevenge
Never thought I would see a picture of Moore with someone more despicable and ugly than him. They both should be strung up.
18 posted on 12/29/2004 10:58:39 AM PST by lolhelp
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To: NormsRevenge

19 posted on 12/29/2004 11:26:30 AM PST by Steely Tom (Fortunately, fhe Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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I'm thinking of that phrase the banality of evil.

20 posted on 12/29/2004 11:27:38 AM PST by Steely Tom (Fortunately, fhe Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ramsey Clark and Lynne Stewart were both shown as Abdul-Rahman's attorney of record. As was posted earlier, Ramsey Clark is now defending Saddam Hussein. I believe there was speculation that Ramsey Clark was nearly indicted with Stewart. They both deserve to share a prison cell for a long period of time.


21 posted on 12/29/2004 5:56:48 PM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL. Just saw this. Looks like you nailed it.


22 posted on 01/02/2005 11:35:31 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservat)
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