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Ex-lawyer in terror case asks US judge for release

Ex-civil rights lawyer convicted in terror case asks for US prison release due to cancer

Ex-lawyer in terror case asks US judge for release

NEW YORK (AP) -- Court papers filed in New York seek an early prison release for an ill former civil rights lawyer who was convicted of terrorism charges for helping a blind Egyptian sheik.

Attorney Jill Shellow says in court papers filed Monday that 73-year-old Lynne Stewart will soon succumb to breast cancer.

Stewart was convicted in 2005 of providing support to terrorist organizations by letting the imprisoned sheik communicate with his followers.

The sheik is serving a life sentence for conspiracies to blow up New York landmarks and assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Stewart represented the sheik at his 1995 trial. She's serving 10 years in prison. She's been imprisoned since 2009.

A compassionate-release request was previously denied.

Stewart's lawyer says her life expectancy is less than 18 months.

Updated : 2021-10-19 23:19 GMT+08:00