United States v. Lynne Stewart
- Case Date: 10/12/2007
- Project Name: Protecting America's Freedom: National Security and Defense
On November 17, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the criminal conviction of Lynne Stewart, a radical New York attorney found guilty of providing support to an Egypt-based terrorist organization. The court also questioned the unusually light prison sentence imposed on her by the district court, making it very likely that, upon re-sentencing, her initial 28-month sentence will be substantially increased. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief arguing that the statute under which Stewart was convicted is not impermissibly vague and does not violate the First Amendment rights of individuals who wish to advocate in support of terrorist groups. The appeals court agreed with WLF with respect to both issues. The court said that federal criminal law made sufficiently clear that the conduct in which Stewart engaged – serving as a conduit between an imprisoned Egyptian terrorist leader and members of his organization – was a criminal offense.
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