Lynne Stewart — Free!

By MUMIA ABU-JAMAL By the time you hear this, Lynne Stewart, New York’s people’s lawyer, will be home, sleeping in her own bed, in the company of her beloved husband, Ralph Poynter, and their children and grandchildren. It has been a long and tortured hole from judge to judge, from bias to hatred, with no…

Victory! Lynne Stewart is free!

By JEFF MACKLER Jeff Mackler is the West Coast coordinator of the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee. Lynne Stewart is free! With almost 100 family and supporters chanting, “We love you, Lynne,” she rose from a wheelchair and bravely walked forward for a half-hour rally at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She landed at 1:10 p.m. on…

Michael Saffioti: Death in a county jail

By ANN MONTAGUE We often hear about abuse, brutality, mistreatment, and cover-ups in state and federal prisons, but county jails are seen as being more benign. County jails, after all, are either where people are being held while waiting for trial or where they have been given a short sentence for a misdemeanor. Last year,…

California prisoners on hunger strike

By CLAY WADENA — OAKLAND, Calif. — An unprecedented protest against the deplorable conditions in California’s prisons has erupted from within the prison walls, as an initial 30,000 inmates went on hunger strike on July 8 for basic human rights such as ending indefinite solitary confinement. Estimates place this protest at three times the size…

Lynne Stewart denied compassionate release

BY JEFF MACKLER When I visited Lynne Stewart last month at FMC Cars-well in Fort Worth, Texas, she wondered in a dark moment whether the cynicism of the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) might descend to such depths as to deny her the then expected compassionate release. It crossed her mind that…

The state power is killing Lynne Stewart

BY JEFF MACKLER Demand Compassionate Release Now! I returned last week from a Memorial Day weekend visit with my dear friend of some 50 years, the innocent political prisoner and victim of trumped-up charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism, Lynne Stewart. Lynne, 73, is incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth,…

Demand compassionate release for Lynne!

By JEFF MACKLER Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart, who spent over 30 years defending the poor and oppressed, is confined to a prison cell at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell at Fort Worth, Texas. She has served three years of a 10-year sentence on frame-up charges concerning help she gave to her client, the blind…

Prison hinders Lynne Stewart’s cancer care

BY JEFF MACKLER (UPDATED with a new letter from Lynne.) More than two years ago radical attorney and human rights activist Lynne Stewart, now serving the third year of a 10-year prison sentence based on frame-up charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism, was given a clean bill of health following surgery for breast…

Court denies re-hearing for Lynne Stewart

BY JEFF MACKLER On Sept. 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected Lynne Stewart’s appeal for a re-hearing before the entire court. Her original conviction was upheld in 2009 by a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit. The court’s opinion was not unexpected. This was the same court that earlier pressed Federal…

Prison sanctions Lynne Stewart for 45 days

By JEFF MACKLER On Aug. 1, imprisoned radical attorney Lynne Stewart, who is serving a 10-year sentence at a federal medical prison in Carswell, Texas, on frame-up charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism, was sanctioned by prison authorities for 45 days. Stewart’s offense? On behalf of a fellow inmate, Stewart mailed a copy…

Court Confirms Ten-Year Sentence for Lynne Stewart

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today confirmed the 2010 decision of Federal District Court Judge John Koeltl to change his 28-month jail sentence for radical attorney and human rights activist, Lynne Stewart, to ten years. The court’s June 28, 2012 decision was not unexpected. Following federal prosecutors’ appeal of what was…

Kevin Cooper: A ‘Scapegoat’ on Death Row

<!–[if !mso]> <![endif]–> Investigative journalist Patrick O’Connor has written a new book, “Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper.” Below is the talk that O’Connor gave on a recent Northern California speaking tour. “Scapegoat” is a book about a horrific murder case, painfully recounted. It is also about how justice can…

Mumia freed from solitary

It took a petition with 5000 signatures, gathered in a few days, to the Philadelphia District Attorney and prison officials to compel the warden at SCI Mahanoy to release Mumia Abu-Jamal from his “worse than death row” solidarity-confinement “hole.” The excuse? Mumia refused to cut off his dreadlocks! While on death row at SCI Greene,…

A Visit with Mumia Abu-Jamal

Comrades, Brothers and Sisters: Heidi Boghosian [executive director, National Lawyers Guild] and I [Johanna Fernandez, Educators for Mumia] just returned from a very moving visit with Mumia. We visited yesterday, Thursday, Feb. 2. This was Mumia’s second contact visit in over 30 years, since his transfer to General Population last Friday, Jan. 27. His first contact visit was…

Letter from Lynne Stewart

An appeal of Lynne Stewart’s lengthened sentence is set for 8 a.m., Feb. 29, at the federal courthouse at New York’s Foley Square. There will be an all-night rally for Lynne in the square, starting at 7 p.m. Information: (917) 853-9759. After the disaster in July 2010, when Judge Koeltl, following the directives of the…

A visit with Mumia Abu-Jamal

by Johanna Fernandez is a professor at Baruch College, a member of Educators for Mumia, and producer of the film, “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.” Dear Friends: I visited Mumia yesterday, Dec. 15, in the new prison that houses him, SCI Mahanoy. Even though he has been released from death row, he…