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.
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. lynnestewart.org/
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.