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07.20 Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here. [Trump can't be bothered as the world turns into a large cinder. His laser focus is on personal greed.]

07.20 Cargo ships are emitting boatloads of carbon, and nobody wants to take the blame [1:19 video; Governments must commission to fight deadly shipping emissions, previously omitted in climate summit agreements....]

07.20 Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% More Likely to Have Congenital Heart Defects, New Study Shows

07.20 Giving 'Upper Hand to Corporate Polluters,' EPA Drops Surprise Inspections

07.20 With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' [Realtime proactive response to reality—now and threatening—doesn't get attention in this greed focused administration]

07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]

07.19 'Unprecedented' Decline of Plants and Animals as Global 'Red List' Reveals Nearly One-Third of Assessed Species Under Threat

07.17 ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades

07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]

07.17 Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]

07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]

07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]

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07.19 Fox News’s star names excuse the inexcusable after Trump's latest racist attack

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07.21 Of course Donald Trump is a racist – and his Wall Street enablers know it

07.21 A court ruled it was legal for guards to strip search female inmates and force them to remove their tampons in front of male officers for a 'training exercise' [The frequency and degree of immorality and degradation being reported in the media is very disturbing, as if society has been reprogrammed overnight to be more like the worst behavior of Nazi Germany]

07.21 THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS GETTING CRUSHED IN FUNDRAISING: “THEY NEED TO GET THEIR SHIT TOGETHER” [Since so-called moderate Democrats will prostitute themselves in many conceivable ways (offering that special quid pro quo) they have effectively become competitively ANTI-PUBLIC, like Republicans. Whereas progressive Democrats must promise not to take corporate donations at all as an effective litmus-test. The DNC refuses to raise funds for moderate and progressives separately, and thus donations fall short. Which is it to be: 1) Will the DNC change? or 2) Must progressive Democrats become corporate whores too? or 3) Maybe you don't need corporate contributions at all if your policies are fantastic?]

07.21 State and Local Taxes Are Worsening Inequality

07.21 State and Local Taxes Are Worsening Inequality

07.21 We're no longer in Brave New World. We're back in 1984. [1:35 video; Our despicable President is at it again]

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07.21 Jon Stewart goes viral excoriating Rand Paul after blocking vote [9:02 video]

07.21 Nicolle Wallace Refuses to Broadcast Trump Live [5:43 video]

07.21 Sassy Bernie Sanders Sh*ts on Jeff Bezos on His Home Turf... Numerous Times [17:22 video]

07.20 Puerto Rico: top US politicians join chorus calling for governor's resignation

07.20 Fact check: Trump says Puerto Rico got $92 billion. They've seen only a fraction [If he opens his mouth, Trump's lying.]

07.20 "Trump Says Go Home, Ilhan's Community Says Welcome Home": Rep. Omar Greeted With Cheers of Love and Support in Return to Minnesota

07.20 WATCH: Amid Extreme Anti-Refugee Push, Trump Displays Neither Interest Nor Knowledge of Asylum Seekers' Plight in Oval Office Meeting

07.20 Trump Denies Being at North Carolina Rally [Not sure if Trump supporters 'get' satire, but here goes....]

07.19 Are progressives working on a climate plan for 2021? You bet.

07.19 House Democrats demand Hope Hicks clarify testimony after Cohen document dump

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07.19 The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’

07.18 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security

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07.19 DOJ Releases Strong Evidence of Trump’s Campaign Finance Violations But No Explanation of No Charges [The statement]

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07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]

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07.21 Millions face hardship as Zimbabwe comes close to ‘meltdown’

07.21 Spain set for socialist-led government after Iglesias deal [Some loaded drama going on here...]

07.20 US to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia in face of 'credible' regional threats [Working with Osama bin Laden's godfathers, Trump wants to profit like Erik Prince (for-profit education secretary Betsy DeVos' brother) of Blackwater infamy (hurriedly renamed ‘Academi’), the U.S. taxpayer to pay inflated costs while Trump siphons off long-term emolument largesse]

07.20 Iran on 'dangerous path' with seizure of Stena Impero, says UK [Which is this, a tit or a tat?]

07.20 'Dark satanic mills': Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines [Too much CO2 air pollution makes you stupid, and turns your country into an “Idiocracy” (1:36 video clip)]

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07.19 U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are 'fantastic'

07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]

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  Updating Lynne Stewart's ''Love Struggle''

QUILTY OF BEING A LAWYER:

Updating Lynne Stewart's "Love Struggle"

by Stephen Lendman
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Republican and Democrat prosecutors demand maximum penalties against anyone they target - innocent or guilty, to punish using underhanded tactics to intimidate juries to convict, and tell defense lawyers to steer clear of unpopular clients or not defend them vigorously.

For millions worldwide, Lynne needs no introduction. For others: She worked selflessly, tirelessly, and heroically for 30 years as a human rights champion, defending America's poor, underprivileged, and unwanted - people never afforded due process and judicial fairness without an advocate like her. She knew the risks, yet took them until bogusly indicted on April 9, 2002 for:

  • "conspiring to defraud the United States;
  • conspiring to provide and conceal material support to terrorist activity;
  • providing and concealing material support to terrorist activity; and
  • two counts of making false statements."

The charges related to her alleged violation of Bureau of Prisons Special Administrative Measures (SAMS) that prohibit discussing topics the Justice Department rules outside "legal representation" - to inhibit a proper defense and obstruct justice for anyone DOJ wants to convict.

Her client was Sheik Abdel Rahman, a one-time CIA asset, convicted in 1995 and now serving a life sentence for "seditious conspiracy" for his alleged connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing despite convincing evidence of his innocence.

As an advocate for justice, Lynne was targeted, indicted, and after a seven month 2004 - 2005 show trial featuring the worst of McCarthy-like tactics, convicted on February 10, 2005 after 13 days of deliberation on all five counts. She was automatically disbarred, then sentenced on October 17, 2006 to 28 months imprisonment.

She remained free on bond until the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revoked it on November 17, 2009, ordering her surrender on November 19 at 5PM to be imprisoned at:

MCC-NY
150 Park Row
New York, NY 10007
Prison number 53504-054

Though subject to change, she'll be resentenced on July 15, at which time her 28 month confinement may be sustained, reduced, or what friends and family fear, increased after the three-judge Appeals Court panel accused her of lying, called for a longer sentence, and remanded her case to District Court Judge John G. Koeltl for reconsideration.

It puts strong pressure on him to comply, despite, on sentencing, calling Lynne's character "extraordinary" and, believing a long imprisonment would be "an unreasonable result," citing "the somewhat atypical nature of Stewart's case (and) lack of evidence that any victim was harmed as a result of the charged offense."

Also that terrorism enhancement sentencing was "dramatically unreasonable in (her) case (because it grossly) overstate(d) the seriousness of (her) past conduct and the likelihood that (she would) repeat the offense. (Stewart) has no criminal history and yet (terrorism enhancement would) place (her) in the highest criminal history category equal to that of repeat felony offenders for the most serious offenses including murder and drug trafficking."

Ordinarily, if lawyers violate SAMs or other prison rules, it's handled administratively like restricting visitation rights or denying them. For doing her job, Lynne was criminally indicted to:

  • discredit, silence and disbar her; and
  • intimidate other lawyers not to defend unpopular clients too vigorously or face similar treatment.

Potential long imprisonment sends a strong message, what's for Obama administration prosecutors to consider after Judge Koeltl resentences.

Second Circuit Denies Full (En Banc) Rehearing

On February 23, the Appeals Court majority ruling denied Lynne's request, stating:

  • "the terrorism enhancement is the dominant sentencing consideration in this case. The district court erred in discounting it to zero. That is an error both procedural and substantive in nature, highlighting one reason that the two-step sequencing of review for procedural and substantive error makes so little sense in this case."
  • "....the abuse of her law license is a basis for enhancing Stewart's sentence....Stewart is reported as having expressed the view that she would do what she did again, but 'might handle it a little differently' to evade detection. So for her, supporting and promoting terrorism remains acceptable; anything else....is technique."
  • "Media reports (which require skeptical vetting) reflect that Stewart has promoted her criminal conduct as a matter of principle," including at a law school conference attended mostly by students, "seek(ing) to corrupt the young by enlisting (them) in the project of degrading legal practice."
  • "....the issue of substantive reasonableness may be obviated or mitigated following the district court's correction of the procedural error identified by the panel majority....this Court may have an opportunity after remand to reach issues that are not decided by the panel majority."

On July 15 or if rescheduled, the harsh Appeals Court message will weigh heavily on Judge Koeltl when he resentences.

As a result, Lynne's web site (lynnestewart.org) highlights the concern, saying:

"We need your support now more than ever!"

A petition to free her can be found on her site. Add your name to the hundreds who've signed, and support Lynne's struggle against prosecutorial injustice.

Lynne's Message

After being jailed, Lynne's web site published her letter to "Sisters and Brothers, Friends and Supporters," saying:

"Well the moment we all hoped would never come is upon us. Good bye to a good cup of coffee in the morning, a soft chair, the hugs of grandchildren and the smaller pleasures in life."

At that time, she was well treated "due to my lawyer team and your overwhelming support. While I have received 'celebrity' treatment here in MCC - high visibility - conditions for the other women are deplorable. Medical care, food, education, recreation are all at minimal levels. If it weren't for the unqualified bonds of sisterhood and the commissary it would be even more dismal."

At the end, she thanked supporters for showing up for her jailing, calling it a moment she'll always cherish. "The broad organizational representation was breathtaking and the love and politics expressed (the anger too) will keep me nourished through this."

Her final comment was vintage Lynne:

"Organize - Agitate, Agitate, Agitate! And write to me and others locked down by the Evil Empire.

Love Struggle, Lynne Stewart

On December 3, the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee's (LSDC) Pat Levasseur updated her status after a December 2 conference before Judge Koeltl discussing resentencing procedures. Under consideration was whether to do it "de novo" (starting over, disregarding his initial reasoning) or by clarifying and updating his October 2006 decision.

At issue is the Appeals Court opinion as well as Lynne's age (70) and health. Her blood pressure is "extremely high," and she needs bladder surgery. It's "not life threatening but increasingly uncomfortable," so it's essential to complete as soon as possible successfully.

LSDC plans public events on Lynne's behalf "in cooperation with others to fight for (her) sentence to remain 28 months."

Additional time will be cruel and unusual by any standard, yet Republican and Democrat prosecutors demand maximum penalties against anyone they target - innocent or guilty, to punish using underhanded tactics to intimidate juries to convict, and tell defense lawyers to steer clear of unpopular clients or not defend them vigorously.


Stephen Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His blog is sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to Lendman's cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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This story was published on April 4, 2010.
 



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