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US lawyer guilty of terror charge

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US lawyer guilty of terror charge

By Jeremy Cooke

BBC News, New York

A US civil rights lawyer has been convicted of supporting terrorists by smuggling messages from one of her convicted clients to followers.

Lynne Stewart, 65, had been representing radical Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, who was serving a life sentence on terror charges.

He was convicted in 1996 for planning attacks in New York.

Prosecutors accused Stewart of crossing the line between advocacy and involvement in terrorist activities.

Prison sentence awaited

In her 30 years on the New York legal scene, Stewart has represented a series of radicals and revolutionaries.

But it was her relationship with a blind Arab cleric which put her in the dock.

The court heard that she had abused lawyer-client privilege by taking messages from Abdel Rahman's prison cell to his radical followers in the outside world.

Prosecutor Andrew Dember said Stewart had effectively broken her client out of prison by re-establishing his contacts with active terrorists.

She remained quiet and unemotional as the jury returned its verdict after almost a month of deliberation.

She faces up to 15 years in jail.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/worl...cas/4255885.stm

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Is that it 15 years? America's no different to UK when it comes to dishing out crap sentences...

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I couldn't agree with you more Lottie... mad.gif

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15's better than the 3 years she'dget here though.

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This is very true Tal... how sad is that.

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