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The people’s lawyer, political prisoner Lynne Stewart: an interview wit’ her daughter, Brenna Stewart

July 8, 2010

Three critical events July 8, 14 and 15 need your support – details below

by Minister of Information JR

Lynne Stewart has been a real people’s lawyer for over four decades, representing some of the most politically polarizing cases in this nation’s history. She has been of legal service to people like Black political prisoner Sekou Odinga of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, former government drug dealer Larry Davis, who ended up shooting multiple members of the NYPD who came to kill him after he wanted to quit selling drugs, and many others.

Her current conviction, which the Bush regime used to push the Patriot Act, deals with her representation of the blind sheik the U.S. government accused of trying to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. Within the next few days, she is set to be re-sentenced. We want all of our readers to know and assist in any way that they can People’s Lawyer Lynne Stewart, who is a modern-day legal John Brown.

M.O.I. JR: Can you give a little bit of history about your mother’s legal career? Who are some of the high profile people that she has represented?

Brenna Stewart: Lynne Stewart has had a long legal career. In the mid ‘70s she graduated from law school and did Brinks, Anti SpringBok, Richard Levasseur – the New Jersey trooper shooting – and Larry Davis criminal defense work. She did state and federal drug cases, murder trials etc.

M.O.I. JR: How has the government responded to Lynne Stewart representing these people?

Brenna Stewart: Not well, they hate getting beat. They don’t mind if someone has politics but isn’t such a great lawyer. They hate it when the lawyer is good and she has good politics.

M.O.I. JR: Can you give us the history on this case that she is currently wrongfully being held captive for?

Brenna Stewart: Easier to get this in detail from the website In a few words she represented the sheik in the first World Trade Center bombing and as a result of that and many years later post- 9/11, the Bush administration made her a scapegoat and used the case against her to further the Patriot Act and to stop lawyers from representing unpopular clients – political clients, especially Muslims.

M.O.I. JR: She has recently been battling cancer. How is her health?

Brenna Stewart: She is in as good health as possible for a 70-year-old in jail. Two biopsies ruled out active cancer. Of course that doesn’t mean it won’t return, but there is nothing now of great concern.

M.O.I. JR: Can you explain the conditions she is being forced to live in while in prison?

Brenna Stewart: Typical prison conditions, but she’s 70, so worse. She rarely goes outdoors for recreation; they have terrible horrible food; the TV is always on some Jerry Springer type ish. There are many sad cases of women in there with her – the same peeps she used to represent – and it breaks her heart every day.

The worst part of it is the deprivation of friends and family and arbitrary and capricious treatment. For example, they take her to hospital for tests only on the one day of the week she has a family visit. It has happened two or three times. Her hands and feet are shackled to and from and at the hospital. The police raid rooms in which more than four books is “contraband.” They implement strip searches, and more.

M.O.I. JR: What is it that people can do to support the people’s lawyer, Lynne Stewart?

Brenna Stewart: Come out to the three events here in New York. If you can’t support in body, support in spirit.

1) Thursday, July 8, 6-10 p.m. Fundraiser at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square So., New York. Speakers: Ramsey Clark, Ward Churchill, Fred Hampton Jr., Ralph Schoenman and many more. Suggested donation $20.

2) Wednesday, July 14, 5:30 p.m.: March from Tom Paine Park, at Worth Street between Centre and Lafayette Streets, three blocks to Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), where Lynne is detained. 7-9 p.m.: Vigil in Support of Lynne at Metropolitan Correctional Center, 150 Park Row

3) Thursday, July 15. SENTENCING DAY. Sentencing is at 2:30 p.m.; we will be there at 11 a.m., Federal Courthouse, 500 Pearl St., New York NY. Doors will open at 2 p.m. LET’S PACK THE COURT!

Any size donation is welcome, to Lynne Stewart Defense Organization, 350 Broadway, Suite 700, New York NY 10013. And write a letter to Judge Koeltl, Federal Courthouse, 500 Pearl St., New York, NY, and mail it c/o Lynne Stewart Defense Organization, 350 Broadway, Suite 700, New York NY 10013.

M.O.I. JR: How can people get more information online about the case of Lynne Stewart? What is the contact info for the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee?

Brenna Stewart: The Justice for Lynne Stewart website is, and the contact is (Lynne’s husband) Ralph Poynter, (917) 853-9759, or

Email POCC Minister of Information JR, Bay View associate editor, at and visit

10 thoughts on “The people’s lawyer, political prisoner Lynne Stewart: an interview wit’ her daughter, Brenna Stewart

  1. CharlesXX

    Justice is justice, Lynn Steward was convicted of passing on information form a convicted mass murderer to a terrrorist intent on using such information to murder more all of us. This is called treason.__Special free get out of jail passes cannot be handed out justly to someone because he or she is "on" of you. If my own father whom I respect and care for hurts someone or breaks the law, I still beleive he should pay the consequences.

    1. Yahya1119

      So sad you and those like you don't know what a true hero or heroine is, or even true freedom, for if you did you would be able to see truth.

  2. Berkeley Karen

    I am delighted to learn the news of Ms. Stewart's 10 year sentence. It's gratifying when the system works.

  3. Dan19

    I cannot believe you ignorant people! This is a serious miscarriage of justice. You people don't know the facts. Lynne Stewart had been a champion lawyer fighting for downtrodden people. You folks could be downtrodden one day — and in severe trouble. And you'll cry for a Lynne Stewart to come save you. But you'll be too late. SHAME ONE ALL OF YOU!! You are so ignorant it's disgusting.

  4. CharlesXX

    Dan19al- savant, does fighting for downtrodden people give you the moral and legal licence to commit a crime?
    Cure tge rabid anger so apparent in your comment and free yourself from yhr propaganda which has left you incapable of making sound assertions,
    Wake up and save the downtrodden millions of Africa from the murdering jihadists,

  5. VinceP1974

    Some people asked what Africans are beting killed by Muslims/Jihadis… how about in Sudan for starters?

    Thank God this man-ish looking traitor is being locked up for a decade. Hopefully she wont make it back out

  6. Ja'maal Shabazz

    I think the in the minds of the Bay View's editorial board, the only truly just system would be one where only white people went to jail (except for white people who blacks like, such as Lynne Stewart). I have never seen a single article where it was accepted as just when a black was given a jail sentence. Even drug dealers or murderers are only viewed as accessories, put up to it by the White Man. Let me tell you that in my 24 years as an African-American member of the NYPD there are many cases where I have seen African-American men commit crimes without a white pulling the strings. I have seen many blacks who actually received preferential treatment when arrested because of a fear of discrimination lawsuits. If we arrested a white under similar circumstances, he often would receive inferior treatment, because there are no laws that give whites special protection. That is true racism, laws that protect one ethnic group at the expense of another. The absurd perspective that this paper gives about every single arrest is designed to ferment racism. Not the racism of whites oppressing blacks, but the racism of blacks hating whites and blaming them for all their problems. I've met a total of seven racist whites in my line of duty. But the racism that I've seen among blacks is so pervasive that it truly makes me feel sad and ashamed. I know that I'll be called an "Uncle Tom" or a race traitor for this, but let me assure you, I am as black and proud of it as MLK. In my line of duty, I, and my white colleagues too, are not out to oppress anyone. We are out to protect the citizens of New York, regardless of skin color. We are living Martin Luther King's dream.


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