September 21st, 2013


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.

In July 2013, Lynne Stewart was provided a conservative prognosis of 18 months remaining life in the report of the oncologist retained by the prison, thus meeting the new guidelines for compassionate release established by the Bureau of Prisons. Yet another two months have passed since then, with Lynne Stewart’s health deteriorating rapidly, and still she is not free.

Now, more than ever before, every day, every moment counts.

We call upon all to sign the new petition which will direct a demand letter from you by email to Director Samuels and Attorney General Holder.

Please distribute the new petition widely and urge all within your reach to follow your example and sign the petition so free Lynne Stewart.

Over 30,000 people in the United States and internationally signed our initial petition. The number of people who have done is, in reality, significantly greater because the support from prominent organizations encompasses approval and support of their individual members.

Let us outdo all our previous efforts in pressing our demand at this late time: release Lynne Stewart from vindictive bondage and suffering.

On October 8, Lynne Stewart will be 74 years old. She has devoted her life to the impoverished and oppressed, as a school librarian in Harlem, New York and for 30 years as an unwavering criminal defense attorney whose personal and professional ethos continuously placed her client’s interests above her own.

We do not want Lynne Stewart to celebrate her 74th birthday on October 8th in prison; should that be the case, she has asked us all to sound  the alarm in vigils and rallies outside U.S. Court Houses and appropriate public centers.

Let us embrace her with our energy and our support.

To send your message to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Samuels and to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, please sign the new petition for Lynne Stewart at

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