Lynne Stewart Granted Compassionate Release

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl has granted a motion from the Government to release attorney Lynne Stewart from prison. Months ago, Judge Koetl said he could not act unless the Government, as opposed to Stewart, made the request. This morning, the Government made the request and this afternoon, Judge Koetl granted it.

“The defendant’s terminal medical condition and very limited life expectancy constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons that warrant the requested reduction” in her prison sentence, Koeltl’s order said.

Stewart has been imprisoned since 2009 as a result of her conviction for assisting her jailed client, Omar Abdel-Rahman, communicate with his followers. Some more history on her need for early release is here.

She's been suffering from cancer since 2006.

Stewart's conviction stretched the definition of material support to a terrorist organization to new limits. While nothing can return the past four years to her, at least she will spend her final days with her family. Our best wishes go out to Lynne.

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    Great News (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by squeaky on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 05:51:14 PM EST
    I am very pleasantly surprised.

    In the spirit of the season (none / 0) (#3)
    by NYShooter on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 10:26:46 PM EST
    i'll assume it was a typo, and, you really meant to write "should not" be in prison.

    that comment was deleted (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 01:12:39 AM EST
    as a personal insult to Ms. Stewart. The commenter is warned to take those type of comments elsewhere.

    Just a question.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by NYShooter on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 11:44:36 PM EST
    I didn't read into the nuts & bolts of this case but, do we have any indication of "when" the prosecution was willing to grant the defendant's request for early release?

    I would hate to think that Lynne's suffering was prolonged, simply by her counsel's not fully understanding the procedure.

    I hope I'm wrong.

    yes, the Government refused up until today (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 01:13:58 AM EST
    She has always had excellent counsel and they are fully apprised of the procedures.