ACTION ALERT: Free 74-year-old Lawyer Lynne Stewart: Support Compassionate Release

October 12th, 2013 - by admin

Ralph Poynter – 2013-10-12 01:04:40

ACTION ALERT: Free Lynne Stewart: Support Compassionate Release

Renowned defense attorney Lynne Stewart, unjustly charged and convicted for the “crime” of providing her client (an alleged “terrorist” on trial in the US) with a fearless defense, is now dying of cancer in prison. She has been given 16 months to live and her friends and supporters are pleading with the Obama Administration to grant the 74-year-old Stewart (who poses no harm to anyone) a “compassionate release.”

Petition to Free Lynne Stewart:
Save Her Life — Release Her Now! Petition by Ralph Poynter
Brooklyn, NY, United States

(October 11, 2013) — There is a new petition for Lynne Stewart to support her re-application for compassionate release. Please go today to this new link to sign the new petition. Your letter will be sent right away to Bureau of Prisons Director Samuels and to Attorney General Holder.

Your action now can lead to her freedom so that she may live out her remaining days with the comfort and joy of her family and those closest to her, including her devoted husband Ralph Poynter, many children, grandchildren, a great grandchild and lifelong friends.

For more information, go to

ACTION: To sign the petition, click here.

ACTION: Write to Lynne Stewart at:
Lynne Stewart #53504-054

Federal Medical Center, Carswell
PO Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

Petition to Free Lynne Stewart

To: Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, United States

I join with people of conscience in the United States and throughout the world to urge you to instruct the federal attorney to file a motion recommending compassionate release for Lynne Stewart.

As you are aware, Lynne Stewart is dying of cancer at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas with a prognosis that gives her less than 16 months to live. Warden Jody R. Upton has forwarded Lynne Stewart’s new application for compassionate release for your consideration with the appropriate medical and probation department documentation.

As delineated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons program statement of August 12, 2013 and as expressed by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. in his remarks of the same day before the American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco, CA., Lynne Stewart meets all the Federal Bureau of Prisons guidelines for compassionate release for terminal medical conditions.

Lynne Stewart devoted her entire professional life to the poor and the oppressed. She worked tirelessly on behalf of impoverished youth as a school librarian in Harlem, New York. Then, as an attorney for over 30 years, she was unwavering as a selfless advocate for her clients.

I, along with people from all walks of life, as well as legal organizations in the United States and internationally, have been moved by the prospect that Lynne Stewart will either perish in prison, or so shortly after release will be on the verge of death that she will be denied the comfort and joy of being with family and those closest to her, including her husband, many children, grandchildren, a great grandchild and lifelong friends.

It is with the knowledge that every moment counts that I appeal to you as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to act expeditiously to instruct the federal attorney to file the motion with Judge John G. Koeltl of the Southern District of New York with your recommendation for compassionate release for Lynne Stewart.

[Your name]

Ralph Poynter / Petition Organizer

An outpouring of support is required once again to free revered attorney Lynne Stewart. She has submitted a new application for compassionate release and received word on September 6, 2013 that FMC Carswell Warden Jody R. Upton has sanctioned and forwarded her papers to the Bureau of Prisons headquarters in Washington, D.C.

With every pretext now removed, we summon Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. to act appropriately and expeditiously: Review Lynne Stewart’s new application, again sanctioned and forwarded by Warden Upton.

Instruct the federal attorney accordingly to file the requisite motion with a Federal Bureau of Prison recommendation for Lynne Stewart’s compassionate release. Judge John G. Koeltl is on the record: he will respond to the motion the moment he receives it.

We call upon all to sign the new petition

A Message from Lynne Stewart

It is certainly sobering to be celebrating the start of my 74th year mired down in this prison. It is even more so when there is my life-line that must be considered.

Nonetheless, I remain my ebullient self and face my fight and my future with optimism. Part of the reason for this is the wonderful mail I receive daily from people all over the US and the world. From Tasmania to Tel Aviv (!?), people write and tell me of the role I play and have played in their lives. It is overwhelming sometimes.

Today, I have asked you all to rally once again on my behalf. (Little did we know they would close down the federal government last week. A conspiracy to keep me here? (smile).

By coming out and making another statement on my behalf, I think you are taking a stand for everyone behind bars. They can lock us down but they cannot lock us away from the people, who are now coming to have a different sense of the futility and cruelty of the prison system, and who will take action if called upon.

I am happy to be the poster girl, oops, woman, for this. I know it will never be a sometime thing for me and that when I am in the world again (and I WILL BE IN THE WORLD AGAIN!), this struggle is one that I must continue.

I hope we all give a heartfelt wish for health and release for Herman Wallace, a valiant warrior, our brother comrade, who is dying in Angola, after 40 years of solitary. [Herman Wallace died a free man shortly after his release.]

Hoping that it is a glorious day wherever you are hearing this — my mom always remarked that the Sunday I was born was perfect weather. I guess I am waxing nostalgic, but blow out the candles and have a bite of the birthday cake and know that I am indebted to all of you and to our movement for the fabulous and courageous support you have shown me over these years.

We go on to victory for one elder woman (me) but also to express our outrage at this heartless system.

Lynne Stewart,
Prisoner # 53504-054

Visit the Justice for Lynne Stewart website: for birthday messages from
Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann,
Ed Asner,
Dick Gregory,
Medea Benjamin and Code Pink,
Richard Falk,
Chris Hedges,
Zachary Sklar,
Ralph Schoenman and many more people around the world.

This message was sent by Ralph Poynter using the system