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New York Civil Rights Lawyer Faces Terrorism Trial

A case that pits U.S. anti-terrorism laws against a lawyer’s work for an imprisoned radical Muslim cleric is being closely watched by defense attorneys who fear the government aims to limit their freedom to fight for unpopular clients. The case, which starts on Wednesday, stems from charges that prominent civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart helped her imprisoned client, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted of encouraging bombings in the United States, break laws designed to block inmates from passing or receiving terrorist information. Stewart, who has denied the charges, is a familiar figure in New York courts, frequently representing poor and minority clients. Many prominent defense lawyers have criticized the prosecution, saying it is an attempt to scare them from representing disliked clients. Full Story

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