Letter from NLG-NYC Chapter Requesting Compassionate Release of Lynne Stewart

May 2nd, 2013

May 1, 2013

Mr. Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534

Re:  Lynne Irene Stewart, #53504-054 Compassionate Release

Dear Director Samuels:

The National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter is writing to support “Compassionate Release” for Ms. Lynne Irene Stewart, #53504-054, who is currently serving a ten year sentence at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.  Ms. Stewart has Stage Four breast cancer.  The cancer has now spread to her lymph nodes, shoulder, bones and lungs.

Ms. Stewart’s daughter, who is a physician, has publicly stated, “Under the best circumstances, Lynne would be in a battle of the most serious consequences with dangerous odds.  With cancer and cancer treatment, the complications can be as debilitating and as dangerous as the cancer itself.”

Ms. Stewart has been a long-term member of the NLG-NYC Chapter and is a cherished friend and colleague to many of us. Our chapter cares deeply for Ms. Stewart and is very concerned about the desperate state of her health.

Under 18 USC §3582 (c) (1) (A) (i), a sentencing court, on motion of the Director of the Bureau of Prisons, may reduce the term of imprisonment of an inmate sentenced under the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984. Lynne Stewart’s case satisfies each of the statute’s requirements.  She has a terminal disease, she has a viable release plan and she is not a threat to the safety of the community.   The NLG-NYC strongly urges you to file this motion without any further delay.

We look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Garrett Wright, President
National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter

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