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Attorney Lynne Stewart – Traitorous Scumbag

Filed under: General,Scum,Terrorism — Justin Levine @ 8:15 pm

[posted by Justin Levine – not Patterico]

The Justin Levine parade of scumbags continues with the light sentencing of Lynne Stewart for conspiring with Islamic terrorists under the guise of providing “zealous advocacy” as an attorney. 

Her letter to the court asking for mercy reveals (to my eyes at least) a deeply narcissistic mind – like Cindy Sheehan with a law degree. 

In her letter, Stewart states, “My actions were not intended to foster a revolution in Egypt; they were intended only to foster the possibility that my client might one day be able to return to Egypt, even as a prisoner of the current regime or one akin to it.” 

That is a different tune than she was singing in 1995 when she told the New York Times:

I certainly have deep sympathy for the struggle in Egypt. [The Islamic fundamentalist movement] is the only hope for change there, the one that gathers the imagination of the people, that motivates them.” 

Stewart said this while defending an Islamic sheik with connections to the first World Trade Center bombing of 1993.  

She also told the NY Times: 

“I don’t believe in anarchistic violence but in directed violence. That would be violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism and sexism, and at the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions, and accompanied by popular support.” 


Ah yes – another prime example of the leftist “peace movement”.   


Stewart also claimed in the NY Times profile that, “[Sheik Rahman is] being framed because of his political and religious teachings.” 


[Regretfully, this profile is not on the Internet for me to link to. But if anyone has a Nexis account, you can search for the article from the NY Times dated June 28, 1995 to confirm the accuracy of these quotes.] 

Transcripts from the Lynne Stewart trial here.

[posted by Justin Levine]

41 Responses to “Attorney Lynne Stewart – Traitorous Scumbag”

  1. This woman is a traitorous scumbag.

    Christoph (9824e6)

  2. But the corker was listening to Ms. Stewart on Democracy Now today. Did you know that this grandmother had breast cancer, luckily omittting a discussion of which one, had diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. And most likely will die in jail before getting to see her grandchildren frolic on the grass one more time. And that Sheikh Rahman is just this poor confused blind holy man that needed contact with the outside world before he went insane. And also that Ms. Stewart was being sentenced, deja a vue all over again, in the same courtroom as the Rosenbergs. We should all be so lucky if she suffered the same fate.

    Pat Patterson (5b3946)

  3. She really is a piece of work. National Review had an article about her around a year ago, written by a woman who had been a prosecutor in NY and had gone up against Ms. Stewart in court. According to the article, Lynne Stewart is actually a very sweet and accomodating person, she is just somehow completely delusional where politics are concerned. My sister lives in NY and has a friend who works in the public defender’s office. This friend is apparently uber-liberal, but even she thinks that Ms. Stewart has a screw loose, though she also speaks highly of her personal demeanor and affability.

    JVW (75c0be)

  4. “if you send her to prison, she’s going to die. it’s as simple as that.”
    um, she’s going to live forever otherwise?
    federal sentencing guidelines may have tied the judge’s hands here.

    assistant devil's advocate (a2f780)

  5. I should preface this comment by saying that I know almost nothing about this woman or her case, and what little I have read doesn’t give me much sympathy for her. However, I don’t find it particularly suprising or incriminating that a defense attorney would tell a newspaper that her client was “being framed because of his political and religious teachings.” Isn’t that pretty much what she’s supposed to say? Again, though, I’m not defending any of her other actions.

    Adam (63c2da)

  6. “federal sentencing guidelines may have tied the judge’s hands here.”

    Not anymore they don’t. She was looking at up to thirty years under the Guidelines, anyway.

    Of course, the only proper punishment is to take her out back behind the courthouse and put a bullet in her head (then bill the bullet to her estate), but that, unfortunately, wasn’t an option.

    Angry Clam (132353)

  7. The proposed thirty year sentence would have been appropriate; she’d have gotten out when she turned 97.

    One suspects that the judge in this case wouldn’t sentence Bob Ney or Jeff Skilling or Randy Cunningham to 28 months, were they so fortunate to have had him as the trial judge in their cases.

    Dana (3e4784)

  8. I think they should house her in the same cell as her beloved sheik.

    Jane (5a66ce)

  9. I think she should have been sentenced to 15-years of hard labor. And not the Cindy Sheehan variety either.

    Christoph (24f655)

  10. The lovely Mrs Stewart was convicted in 2005; she’s already had a year of freedom between conviction and sentencing. And the judge is going to allow her to remain free on bond while she appeals her conviction; that’ll be another couple of years of freedom.

    Maybe all that I’ve noticed are the exceptions, but it seems to me that criminals convicted in federal courts who are not deemed flight risks are given many months of freedom between conviction and sentencing: Ken Lay died between his, Jeff Skilling will have more than half a year between conviction and sentencing, Philadelphia city councilman Rick Mariano had six months of freedom, and then, after sentencing, was given another thirty days to report to the pen, and Mrs Stewart had a year of freedom.

    In the case of people who are not flight risks, I could see allowing them a few days, maybe up to a week, to get their affairs in order, but that’s it.

    Perhaps our good attorneys here can tell us non-lawyer types why there is so much time between conviction and sentencing in the federal system.

    Dana (3e4784)

  11. The judge is a Clinton appointee and served on the Watergate team in the DOJ, according to his bio. Any wonder the light sentence? (According to another report, her cancer is in remission, BTW.)

    The judge is willfully overlooking the historical precedent of leftist attorneys helping their clients with illegal communications. They did it in Europe in the ’60s and ’70s and in the US, too. It’s part of the job description.

    Patricia (2cc180)

  12. Ohhh, all of you right wing-nuts get your panties in a bunch every time compassion is shown.
    It just makes me happy to see you whine.
    Why dont you whine about George Bush(The TERROR President) and what he is doing to our Constituition?

    paul (f501ba)

  13. in re: #6,

    Yes, unfortunately the U.S. is civilized enough to refrain from Nazi-style, on-the-spot executions of 67-year old grandmas. There is no justice whatsoever.

    I wish that people like you would think before opening you damn mouths. No one sane is impressed by your “I’m so tough, I’d kill everybody if I was in charge” rants. If you want to get your kicks from shooting bad guys (or girls, apparently), enlist.

    (and no, I’m not saying that our soldiers get their kicks from shooting people, back the hell off).

    Otherwise, do what most angry clams do and shut up.

    Leviticus (b987b0)

  14. Leviticus, would you say that countries that DO engage in such executions are ‘uncivilized’ ?

    Desert Rat (ee9fe2)

  15. Paul courteously wrote:

    Ohhh, all of you right wing-nuts get your panties in a bunch every time compassion is shown. It just makes me happy to see you whine.

    Perhaps, kind sir, we have a somewhat different view of whenb compassion should be shown. I failed to have much understanding when a judge in Philadelphia showed compassion for a man who broke into a house and raped a nine-year-old girl, for instance, and gave him a sentence that could have him back on the streets in ten years (at age 42) rather than the thirty for which the prosecutor asked.

    And I failed to have much understanding when judges have shown compassion by letting three-time losers out on the streets — at age 25.

    And yes, I fail to understand when a judge goes outside of sentencing guidelines to show compassion for someone who aided terrorists. That just doesn’t make any sense to me.

    Why dont you whine about George Bush (The TERROR President) and what he is doing to our Constituition?

    He is upholding it, and allowing people with your point of view to say the things you have said without any fear of being thrown in jail for it.

    Dana (3e4784)

  16. Yes, darling. I would not be so frivolous as to use such an adjective in a lopsided manner.

    I am, after all, a completely rational individual.

    Now, make the point you are going to make. You’ve trapped me with your brilliant Socratic technique.

    Leviticus (b987b0)

  17. Oh, and Dana,

    All Bush has to do is call me a “terrorist” and I can (and probably will) disappear. No habeas corpus for one so vile as myself, whether or not I am an American citizen. How’s that for upholding the Constitution?

    Leviticus (b987b0)

  18. […] For more Rick Moran documents the full and brazen anti-Americanism of Stewart. Justin Levine notes Stewart’s situational tone from having her fate in the hands of a judge to back in the day when she was free to be a full-throated anti-American. Finally, Michelle Malkin made Stewart the subject of today’s Vent. […]

    The American Mind / Convicted Radical Lawyer Defiant When Heat Not on Her (dc94e7)

  19. How about we simply stick to the facts. Ms. Stewart knowingly and willingly aided an imprisoned enemy of the state to conduct communications whose aim was to organize future acts of war against the United States.

    That she was not charged with treason and/or sedition is an additional crime, beyond the ridiculous pseudo-sentence of 28 months.

    I don’t hate people. I believe in mercy, in personal issues. In national issues, justice must be preserved, and was not in this matter. When you work to undermine your own country, there just isn’t a sentence that can be called extreme. She may already be responsible for American deaths, and her actions may yet be responsible for future American deaths. A bullet in the head would not be out of line.

    Freelancer (cb897a)

  20. We aren’t giving a “bullet in the head” to the prisoners themselves (although I’m sure you’d all like to), and yet we’re arguing for the execution of those who indirectly (albeit willingly) further their cause. That makes sense…right?

    Leviticus (3c2c59)

  21. Well Leviticus,

    The prisoners should be given a bullet to the head and then we can throw her bullet ridden corpse on top of theirs in a landfill out behind the prison. This person passed on messages that ended up getting people slaughtered and you dare come in here with your elitist bullcrap. Name one American citizen who has “disappeared” because they’ve been charged with terrorism. We’ll wait. As for the non-US scum that were unfortunately captured on the battle field instead of killed outright – they have no rights as a non-uniformed combatant under what I’m sure is your beloved Geneva Convention.

    Jack Burton (7840f7)

  22. “Name one American citizen who has “disappeared” because they’ve been charged with terrorism.”

    – Jack Burton

    Hmmm, let’s think about that statement for a second, genius…

    The entire point of my statement was that all the government had to do was CALL me a terrorist – not charge me as one, which would involve actual justification before some sort of legal authority – and I could disappear. Now, generally when someone disappears they don’t get a nice little letter explaining

    “Dear Sir or Miss:

    Your son/daughter/spouse has disappeared for the following reasons…”

    No. They’re just gone. No explanation. No rationale. Gone.

    “We’ll wait”

    -Jack Burton

    Yeah, good luck with that, darling. We’ll wait for the government to tell us all about the individuals they saw fit to abduct in the first place, secretly. The whole point of secret abductions is that they don’t have to be legitimate.

    Tell you what. You pass this legislation, and I’ll move to Europe. Then I’ll call the U.S. government and tell them that you’re a terrorist solely because I don’t like you. They’ll haul your ass off to Syria (maybe, who knows?) and I’ll have a good laugh knowing that it was people like you who shot themselves in the proverbial foot on this one.

    Read the Crucible, bitch.

    Leviticus (43095b)

  23. It’s too late, Leviticus. You’re on The List. Karl Rove is already gassing up the airtight van without visible exhaust pipes for you. No use jumping out your window when you hear the knock on your door. The whole building will be surrounded.

    nk (77d95e)

  24. Leviticus re: #20,

    There is a difference in my mind between someone who has been indoctrinated to believe that God has destined their society to rule the world by the sword, who has little or no capacity for thinking otherwise, and an American citizen who actively works to undermine her own nation.

    Combatant or non-combatant enemy prisoners are to be held until the conflict ends or they are determined to be a non-participant against the U.S. That’s how war works. Traitors are to be shot. That’s how the law works.


    Freelancer (cb897a)

  25. So Leviticus,

    You basically pulled that statement out of your ass and have absolutely no backup that any US citizen has disappeared as a part of a terrorism investigation. But it sounded nice as a talking point so why not run with it? Any other fantasy land scenarios you’d like to play out for us, darling?

    And I’m just terrified that the government may swoop down on me in a terrorism investigation and sweep me away to some undisclosed location for torture. Hey, did you ever stop to think they send Syrians to Syria for interrogation and not white Americans?

    Are you really this stupid or are you trying to get a rise out of people. Either way, I think we’re off to a good start with you leaving for Europe. Have fun and don’t write.

    Jack Burton (d02bc7)

  26. And I noticed you didn’t bother to address the fact that Stewart has blood on her hands. What’s the matter? Is that even too low for someone like you to stoop to?

    Jack Burton (d02bc7)

  27. It’s no use, Jack Burton. Leviticus is not there anymore. Any person who continues to comment here as “Leviticus” will be a government agent trying to maintain the illusion that the real Leviticus has not disappeared into The Night and Fog.

    nk (77d95e)

  28. Fuck Stewart. If people are so self-righteous that they can’t acknowledge all the good that a country like America has done for them, that’s their problem. That said, I’m not going to stand by and let their indiscretion pound my civil liberties into the fucking ground because some opportunist in Washington sees the buzzword “terrorist” as a good way to get rid of political enemies.

    Wake up, moron. If there are secret prisons, there are secret prisoners. Just because you personally don’t know something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist (which is a good thing, because there’s probably a lot that you don’t know).

    Leviticus (43095b)

  29. Note to self: Ship nk to Uzbekistan to be boiled in oil until he confesses for The Crime.

    Leviticus (43095b)

  30. *”to” the crime

    Leviticus (43095b)

  31. He is one darn good “Leviticus” impersonator, too.

    nk (77d95e)

  32. As weird as it sounds, I can’t find a way to argue with Freelancer other than to reiterate my argument that while I may condemn her crime I cannot condone your methods.

    Other than that, Freelancer, congratulations. Your argument in waterproof in its brutality. I can argue ethics all day, but if you take that out of the equation you are totally justified.

    Leviticus (43095b)

  33. Uh, okay.

    Can you name one political enemy that has been gotten rid of by being called a terrorist? I mean other than people like Stewart who actually are terrorists.

    So we have secret prisons and prisoners? I guess none of the family members ever said “wait, we’re my husband go? I haven’t seen him in weeks”. Or do we just go ahead and take out the person and everyone who knows them just so nobody gets suspicious. But then again, if you go by the six degrees of separation, you’d have to throw the whole county in secret jails, but then if everyone is there it wouldn’t be a secret would it? Of course, your secret prisons might be where they’re keeping all the people you see on the side of milk cartons. Although I don’t know what the government would want with a bunch of third graders.

    Wow Leviticus, you’ve got some really solid ideas there.

    Jack Burton (d02bc7)

  34. Leviticus,

    You see, life isn’t what we hope it is. It is what it is, whether we like it or not. You have the luxury of being appalled at methods, and at my “brutality”, but crimes are best opposed by deterrents, not by talk.

    Misdemeanors are properly punished by a variety of means; fines, reflective service, jail time. Treason against your nation, especially when it is clear that lives of your countrymen are sure to be lost as a result, gets NO MERCY. We are not talking about a crime for which there is rehabilitation, but retribution.

    You claim I have removed ethics from an equation, and am only by that justified in my “brutality”. I tell you that Ms. Stewart removed ethics from the equation, as well as her right to continue living, under 18USC2381.

    Freelancer (cb897a)

  35. Last century (before Margaret Thatcher kicked their butts and ended their reign of terror) the Argentine military ‘dissapeared’ thousands of people. Their families knew who they were, their friends, teachers, students, etc., knew who had joined the dissapeared. They talked about it. They told the rest of the world (because the Argentine military state could not cut the coutry off from the rest of the world.)
    If I were a brutal American fascist military officer, who would I dissapear? I’d start with the editorial boards of the NYTimes, Boston Globe, LA times, MiniStarTribune, etc. Seen Keller recently?

    John Costello (11c6b2)

  36. Cuaght with her hands in the cookie jar too bad

    krazy kagu (520f84)

  37. You’re right, Jack Burton,

    Everyone who has a relative disappear is automatically going to know that the U.S. government, which for 200 years stood on the principle of habeas corpus, was the culprit.

    We are going to find out the names of “los desaparecidos” AFTER THE FACT, if ever. Do you remember that Canadian guy who was shipped to Syria? What do you call that? Oh wait… he was a “terror suspect”?

    Guess what else: The director of the movie “My Country, My Country”(a movie about the Iraqi elections) has been given the highest grade “threat level” by the U.S. government.
    Does that sound like a conflict of interest to you?

    Leviticus (a0cd6b)

  38. So what we’ve established is that you have absolutely no evidence of any US political enemy of the government being spirited away to a secret prison like you charged. Is there anything you throw out that actually turns out to be true or do you continue making up new lies to distract attention from your old lies?

    Or are you just plain f-ing crazy. Perhaps the black helicopters are coming for you and your tribe up a Ruby Ridge?

    Jack Burton (7840f7)

  39. Socialists always favor the government controlling as much as possible about a nation. That is definitive of their worldview.

    There has never been a socialist government in this world that did not abuse its power and harm people it viewed as opposed to it, even if only morally or philisophically opposed. Those governments DID AND DO make people disappear, they DID AND DO kill, imprison or threaten critics, they DID AND DO demand that all “citizens” bow to an immoral state.

    The left in this country has gained a steady increase in the size, influence, and authority of the federal government since the days of FDR (with a minor blip of reversal during the 80’s). The slow bend in this nation towards socialism is not debatable by any reasonable mind, it is eminently documented.

    And the same people who would applaud that trend continuing, scream about fantasized abuses from our government, pretending at horror when they are simply being crybabies that the power isn’t in THEIR hands.

    Interestingly, the only way for our government to operate with the least possibility of such crimes against humanity would be for constitutional conservatives to have their way, limiting the scope of government influence in every arena back to the boundaries originally established. That this is anathema to the proponents of socialism shows their duplicity.

    I can’t pretend to be sure that they don’t REALLY hate the actions they oppose, but their worldview favors a governmental structure that almost certainly guarantees more of it.

    Freelancer (cb897a)

  40. She is no PERRY MASON thats for sure he did for those that were wrongfuly accused and found the real guilty party

    krazy kagu (24cfa2)

  41. One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying “We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]”. Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I’ve ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four “pilots” among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake “pilot” of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These “hijackers” somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn’t work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn’t work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won’t let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you “aren’t supposed to think about”. Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn’t respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn’t happen, not even close. Somehow these “hijackers” must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn’t have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were “supposed to see”. Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these “hijackers” wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn’t even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying “We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down” attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers’ magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be “Muslim hijackers” the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don’t laugh) one of their passports was “found” a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously “surviving” the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also “survived” the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be “indestructable” like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn’t bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastical far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the “nineteen hijackers” is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

    Enlightenment (484796)

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