Terror Suspect Lawyers Wary After Stewart Verdict


Lawyers who take politically unpopular cases say that the conviction of Lynne F. Stewart was a warning that they could be prosecuted, too, the New York Times says. “I don’t think that there’s a political lawyer in this country who doesn’t believe that the government has a plan to target the lawyers who do what we do and to silence us,” said Stanley L. Cohen, one of best-known defenders of militants, terror suspects, and other unpopular clients.

Some lawyers said the evidence indicated that perhaps Stewart had stepped over a line; the evidence showed that she seemed to revel in breaking prison rules she had agreed to accept and had passed messages for her client, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind Islamic cleric. The Times reports “a sense among some lawyers who have represented politically unpopular clients that the conviction might thin their ranks considerably, as lawyers worry about the consequences of opposing a government that is under intense pressure to win conviction in terrorism-related cases.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/11/nyregion/11lawyers.html?

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