Lynne Stewart Rally makes Homeland Security, Bureau of Prisons nervous

Lynne Stewart is a famed attorney who was imprisoned supposedly for helping a client defeat communications restrictions. Now she is dying of cancer, ever her former judge has cleared her for release-but she is chained to a hospital bed. On the 18th of June, the first-ever protest on behalf of a Federal prisoner at the Bureau of Prisons DC office demanded her release.

Video of the rally




UPDATE 6-20:Lynne Stewart’s husband Ralph Poynter and supporters WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE 9am-5pm EVERYDAY. Ralph says he will be there until Lynne is released or dies. Please join him to demand compassionate release for Lynne Stewart.

Suit-and-tie businessmen and yuppies studiously ignored the protest, while Bureau of Prisons staffers ran the gauntlet of protesters to enter or leave for lunch. It is not known how mnay stayed in for lunch or used the back door.

Two different Federal Protective Services/Homeland Security cops showed up, they acted “friendly” but it seemed they were nervous about this issue being raised in front of the BofP office.

Nobody running a prison likes it when friends of one of their prisoners show up at the warden’s office. On the other hand, chaining someone dying of cancer to a hospital bed because they allegedly defied “special administration measures” to restrict a client’s communication with the outside world is beyond outrageous. Most likely prosecutors simply sought any available means to remove a lawyer who was just too effective against them in major cases from the table. That, in turn, is a frank demonstration of the fact that “rule of law,” meaning predictable rules of engagement used by government, is dead in the United States.


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One Response to Lynne Stewart Rally makes Homeland Security, Bureau of Prisons nervous

  1. Sarah Wellington says:


    Lynne Stewart’s health is in rapid decline.

    We must take collective action creating a highly public presence in Washington, D.C. A Compassionate Release was recommended months ago by Warden Jody R. Upton, under whose watch Lynne has been incarcerated at Carswell Federal Prison. Compassionate Release papers remain sitting on the desk of Director, Charles E. Samuels, Jr. of the Federal Bureau of Prisons waiting to be signed. The Federal Bureau of Prisons is under the political leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama.

    Lynne’s life hangs in the balance.

    What will we do?

    On Monday, June 24, 2013 at the White House, we will gather to continue “a long vigil for a long struggle” calling for Lynne Stewart’s release.

    It is urgent that we stand along side Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart’s husband, demanding that Lynne Stewart be granted Compassionate Release before it is too late.

    Reclaim Solidarity… Imagine Justice.

    Gathering Daily from
    June 24, 2013 Onward
    9:00 am
    The White House
    Washington, D.C.

    Travel assistance is available.
    Please RSVP and spread the word on Facebook.

    For more information write to:


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