After a lengthy trial, a jury in 2005 convicted Ms. Stewart, now 70, of providing material aid to terrorism and of lying to the government while helping an imprisoned client, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, communicate with his followers in Egypt.
The sheik, a blind fundamentalist cleric, was serving a life sentence after his 1995 conviction for organizing a thwarted plot to blow up landmarks in New York. Ms. Stewart assisted him by communicating a statement from him to a reporter in Cairo, which allowed his followers to learn of it.
She also once represented a member of the Weather Underground charged with bank robbery.
She’s an extreme example, of course, but one that should remind us that yes, kids, sometimes it’s okay to question one’s patriotism.
Her sentence is for only 28 months. She’s 70. It should have been 28 years, just to be sure.
Via law professor Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, who writes:
A betrayal not only of America, but of the legal profession.