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Lynne Stewart Fights for Dismissal of Terror Charges

The government’s indictment of defense lawyer Lynne Stewart for providing material assistance to a terror group will be put to the test this morning when Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl hears motions to dismiss charges in the case. In papers filed with the court, Stewart’s lawyer, Michael Tigar, attacks her indictment on charges of helping imprisoned Sheikh Abdel Rahman communicate with his followers in the Islamic Group, one of several organizations designated a terror group by the Secretary of State under 8 U.S.C. ? 1189. Tigar argues that the indictment and the laws supporting it are vague, and that the government is penalizing her for acting as a lawyer and improperly restricting her First Amendment rights. Prosecutors, on the other hand, claim Stewart acted not as the sheikh’s lawyer but as a member of the terrorist group when she helped him get his message out. Full Story

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