Lynne Stewart is the firebrand criminal defense attorney from New York City who represented notorious clients in her career including Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind cleric who was convicted of conspiring to blow up NYC landmarks pre-9/11. Stewart crossed the line in her representation of Rahman when she smuggled messages from him in his isolation cell to his violent followers in Egypt. Stewart was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to ten years. Now three years in her sentence, she is 73 years old and dying of breast cancer in a prison hospital in Texas. The warden approved her release on humanistic grounds, but the Bureau Of Prisons overrode the warden's recommendation. Stewart's attorney has now taken her case to the judge who sentenced her- John G. Koeltl who is holding hearings this week. The NY Times coverage is here.
Enough is enough. Stewart has been disbarred. She cannot visit clients anymore. She is 73 and dying. Release her and let her die in peace.
The State of California has been forced by a District Court to release 10,000 inmates. The State sought a stay. The Supreme Court denied the stay and Scalia went a little nutty (the heat would be getting to him if he believed in global warming.). If you read the opinion you will recall this case has been before the Supreme Court before, with Scalia dissenting then as well.
The new histrionic dissent is here, with barbed references to Judges playing poker and bluffing each other, threats to the civil well being of California burgs who are about to have havoc released among their peaceful citizens, and bitter complaints about judges legislating from the bench (which he labels an expansion of "the power of the back robe".) It's worth a read.
See you in court.
WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL RICHARD E GERSTEIN JUSTICE BUILDING BLOG. THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO JUSTICE BUILDING RUMOR, HUMOR, AND A DISCUSSION ABOUT AND BETWEEN THE JUDGES, LAWYERS AND THE DEDICATED SUPPORT STAFF, CLERKS, COURT REPORTERS, AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WHO LABOR IN THE WORLD OF MIAMI'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE. THIS BLOG HAS BEEN CALLED "THE DEFINITIVE BLOG ON MIAMI CRIMINAL LAW" BY THE NY TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE POPE, AND DONALD TRUMP WHO ALSO ONCE SAID IT WAS "REALLY GREAT". POST YOUR COMMENTS, OR SEND RUMPOLE A PRIVATE EMAIL AT HOWARDROARK21@GMAIL.COM