Anyone recall Lynne Stewart? The attorney for the blind sheik who was involved in the first World Trade Tower’s bombing that maimed and killed Americans. So she doesn’t want to die in a strange and loveless place.
Should we be surprised? Recall from a post September, 2009: The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm an Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo Terrorists.
Where is Eric Holder in all of this? How about THAT –
From the Law firm’s C & B website:
The firm represents 17 Yemeni nationals and one Pakistani citizen held at Guantánamo Bay. The Supreme Court will soon review the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that ordered the dismissal of a number of habeas petitions filed by Guantánamo detainees; some of our clients are petitioners in the Supreme Court case. We expect to play a substantial role in the briefing. We also plan to petition the Supreme Court to hear our Pakistani client’s appeal from the D.C. Circuit’s order dismissing his case. Further, we are pursuing relief in the D.C. Circuit under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 for all of our clients. On a separate front, we filed amicus briefs and coordinated the amicus effort in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in which the Supreme Court in the summer of 2006 invalidated President Bush’s military commissions and in which we have obtained favorable rulings that our clients have rights under the Fifth Amendment and the Geneva Conventions.
A federal judge in Manhattan has granted the “compassionate release” from prison for radical lawyer Lynne Stewart so she can die a free woman.
Stewart, 73, who is four years into a 10-year prison sentence for passing along messages from imprisoned terror mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman to his followers, has terminal cancer and less than 18 months to live.
The joint filing Tuesday by the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Attorney’s office asks Judge John Koeltl to grant her a “compassionate release.” Read more: NY Daily News
Stewart had said she didn’t want to die in “a strange and loveless place.” Huffington Post
Perhaps this quote from Adams will give pause:
Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.