Civil Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart Disbarred After Conviction For Aiding Terror Client

Convicted civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart was disbarred by the First Department on Tuesday stemming from her convictions in 2005 for helping imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with his terrorist followers (Matter of Stewart, 2007 NY Slip Op 03590). Stewart was convicted of one count each of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to provide and conceal material support to terrorist activity and providing and concealing material support to terrorist activity. She also was convicted of two counts of making false statements [18 USC §  1001]. The First Department denied Lynne Stewart’s request to voluntarily resign from the practice of law. Her request to resign was in a letter dated Nov. 14, 2006, after she was convicted, and therefore could not be accepted, the court said. The First Department found that the federal convictions of making a false statement were analogous to Penal Law § 175.35 – offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. Stewart was sentenced to 28 months in prison, but she has been permitted her to remain free pending federal appeal.

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