US judge denies prison release for dying ex-lawyer
Aug. 10, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge has rejected a request for early prison release from a dying former civil rights lawyer convicted in a terrorism case.
The judge rejected 73-year-old Lynne Stewart's request Friday. He said the law does not permit him to order her release prior to the completion of her 10-year prison term unless the federal Bureau of Prisons requests it.
Stewart was convicted for letting a blind Egyptian sheik communicate with followers while serving a life sentence for a terrorism plot to blow up five New York City landmarks and assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The judge said he would consider a request for compassionate release. The bureau rejected that request from Stewart, but she has resubmitted it.
Stewart's lawyer said she hoped the bureau will reconsider. The government declined comment.
Stewart has been imprisoned since 2009. She says her breast cancer has returned.
Her oncologist says she has less than 18 months to live, her lawyer, Jill Shellow, said.
That happens to be the length of time the Bureau of Prisons has set to be eligible for compassionate release.