This is a chilling decision -- and yes, sick too.  No doubt, this outrageous sentence of an elder attorney with cancer is designed to send a message to all attorneys:  Be careful who you represent.  IMHO, it helps make the case for abandoning this "last bastion of fascism" -- the courtroom.  Just as the electoral system is rigged against us, so is the system of injustice.  Perhaps it's time for us to boycott the whole damn thing.


Power to the people.


NY lawyer gets 10-year term

By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER (AP) 9 minutes ago

NEW YORK A judge had resentenced a 70-year-old civil rights lawyer to 10 years in prison for letting a jailed Egyptian sheik communicate with his radical followers.

Federal Judge John Koeltl sentenced Lynne Stewart in Manhattan after she pleaded with him to reimpose the two-year, four-month sentence he had originally given her in 2006. She said she has been diminished since her November imprisonment.

An appeals court had ordered a new sentencing, saying the judge needed to consider whether she committed perjury. Koeltl says she did and he says she lacked remorse after her first sentencing.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to impose a sentence of at least 15 years.

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