According to reports from Democracy Now! lawyer and activist Lynne Stewart was released from prison late Tuesday 31 December. The terminally ill lawyer was not scheduled for release until 2018, and had had previous petitions for release denied. Her release comes after the Bureau of Prisons sought her release on these terms.
This is great news, and IHRC congratulates Lynne Stewart and her family, and all the campaigners who worked tirelessly for her release. For more information on her case visit the IHRC Free Lynne Stewart page.
A message from Lynne, from 31 December after she he heard the news of her impending release follows.
December 31st, 2013
12/31/12 3:24 pm
Well, the impossible takes a little longer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We learned this morning that the US Attorney’s office has made the motion for my compassionate release and that the Order was on Judge Koeltl’s desk. Since on the last go-round he stated in Court that he would treat it “favorably”, we are now just waiting expectantly.
The wonderful thing is that Ralph is here in Ft Worth for a visit and will bring me back to NYC with him. We don’t know when but the rules state that the warden has 2 days to let me go after he receives the order so it could be as early as Friday or a few days more. Whatever it is, I can’t stop crying tears of Joy !! I can’t stop thinking of all the marvelous people worldwide who made this happen ..you know because each of you played an integral role. My daughter Z is already lining up Sloan Kettering and we will have to see if there is a probation qualification attached to the Order and how it will affect me. After that Ralph will start making arrangements to rent Yankee Stadium for the Welcome Home… Smile
So If this reaches you before midnight tonight raise a glass of bubbly to the joy of all of us that the old girl is OUT !!
From the Justice for Lynne Stewart website
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