Sunday, April 11, 2010

Clarification and correction from Lynne Stewart


An email communication entitled “FREE LYNNE STEWART RESIST THE DESTRUCTION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS IN AMERICA” previously sent to you, was authored by Ralph Schoenman of Taking Aim (a Pacifica WBAI radio program). Ralph has been a strong and impassioned supporter of my right to represent clients in my usual zealous manner. He is highly critical of the government.

Having said that, this particular flyer somehow reached people before it was fully edited (there are factual inaccuracies) and without an indication that these are not, in whole, the view of the Lynne Stewart Organization. Please read with that in mind.

In the tradition of allowing a “thousand flowers to bloom” I will not presume to edit except for the request to send original letters to the Judge DIRECTLY. Judge Koeltl in our conference of December 4, 2009 asked that all correspondence go directly to the lawyers and NOT to him. The lawyers working with me and the defense organization will submit them at a time closer to re-sentencing (July 15, 2010) for maximum effectiveness. This is how we handled the matter in the original sentencing of October 2006. Copies of the letters may be sent to me in jail, or to Ralph at a new address for the Lynne Stewart Organization (all addresses below).

I sincerely hope that this communication only clarifies and does not result in dispute.

I do not want to spend the rest of my life in jail. I need everyone’s help but any position that is ascribed to me or the defense organization must receive my approval in advance. These are desperate times.

Original letters to Judge Koeltl should be ADDRESSED to:

Hon. John G. Koeltl
US District Judge
Southern District
Federal Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007

And SENT to:

Jill Shellow Esq
111 Broadway, Suite 1305
New York, NY 10006

Courtesy copies can be sent to:

Ralph Poynter
Lynne Stewart Organization
1070 Dean Street, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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