by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner
Lynne Stewart was a a diligent and resourceful peoples lawyer, a movement lawyer, the kind of attorney who defended the poor and indigent, and unpopular and hopeless political cases and always went the last mile for her clients and her principles. To make an example of her that might frighten other attorneys, the Justice Department jailed Stewart for four years under provisions of the infamous USA Patriot Act. Given a few months to live in 2014, she was released from federal prison, and went home to Brooklyn with her husband, friends and family. She joined the ancestors this week.