Lynne Stewart has breast cancer and it is spreading to her lungs and shoulders. She is not receiving the medical attention she needs which is unfortunately the norm for political prisoners and prisoners in general. The prison officials have known about her dire need for proper medical treatment since September of 2012. The denial of medical attention amounts to cruel treatment and tantamount to torture and violates her human rights as well as others finding themselves in similar situations.
Lynne Stewart is a human rights activist in her own right and a former attorney who represented poor and often marginalized defendants. Several members of Harlem CORE, both ‘nationalists’ and ‘civil rights’ types, have spoken very highly of her. She was convicted on trumped up charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists in 2005 and sentenced to 28 months in prison in a case involving her client
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