Ex-Civil Rights Lawyer Who Represented Terrorists Dies

, The Associated Press


Lynne Feltham Stewart, a New York civil rights lawyer who represented small-time criminals and radicals alike before losing her license to practice law after she was convicted in a terrorism case, has died of cancer three years after her release from prison.

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  • Alex Lesman

    Beyond the sensational "represented terrorists" in the headline, which should be beneath the NYLJ, the language in the article itself disrespects people accused of crimes: "small-time criminals;" "small-time crooks." This is not a tabloid. I expected better of this pubication.

  • DZ

    I disagree with my colleagues, especially with likening her with Kunstlter or Darrow. She crossed a line that I do not believe either of the them did. While she may have maintained her client was not guilty, she, as an officer of the court, should have abided by the verdict, whatever her personal feelings.

  • Avon

    I too object to the headline as editorial opinion/commentary: - She herself always insisted that her most famous client (“sheik” Omar abdel-Rahman) was not actually guilty of the charges that went to verdict, having merely preached. And most lawyers are still referred to as such even after they‘re no longer licensed as such. And it‘s also she represented mostly other types of cases. She was reckless, in my opinion, with the federal government‘s security measures – especially since the prosecutor on the Rahman case, Fitzpatrick, was known to be just as smart, inflexible and persistent as he was in her case. (The way she immediately exulted on live TV over her original 28-month sentence, which I witnessed in person, practically guaranteed that the government would appeal it and the judge would feel like giving her the far harsher one. I cringed at the time, and ever since.) She was heroically dedicated “happy warrior” whose personality reminded me of Senator Hubert Humphrey. She was a lawyer who deserves the same respect as Darrow or Kunstler – happy to be truly and forever controversial, but also totally committed to zealous fulfillment of her role. We as lawyers – and even we as citizens – should consider to what extent she‘s an example to us all.

  • JP

    She represented a lot of people including a few who were accused of terrorism. The title of this article is the sort of thing I might expect to find in a sleazy tabloid.

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