Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney and convicted criminal, Died at 77

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Lynne Irene Stewart was born on October 8, 1939 and died on March 7, 2017.

She was an American defense attorney.

She was known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants.

Stewart was convicted on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists in 2005, and sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Because she was a felony who was convicted, it led to her being automatically disbarred.

Stewart was convicted of helping pass messages from her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric convicted of planning terror attacks, to his followers in al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, an organization designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Secretary of State.

Stewart was re-sentenced on July 15, 2010, to 10 years in prison in light of her perjury at trial.

Stewart served her sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

She was released from prison on December 31, 2013, on a compassionate release order because of her terminal breast cancer diagnosis.

Lynne Stewart passed away at 77 years old.