The Communist government of China imprisons and oppresses lawyers for political reasons as does the Capitalist government of the United States…. no real difference.
March 8, 2017 § Leave a comment
We were also at the court house in 2006 when Stewart was first sentenced.
In 2009, Stewart spoke to Democracy Now! in her last broadcast interview before beginning her prison sentence, explaining the background to the case and why she had been charged.
“We found out later that the Clinton administration, under Janet Reno, had the option to prosecute me, and they declined to do so, based on the notion that without lawyers like me or the late Bill Kunstler or many that I could name, the cause of justice is not well served. They need the gadflies.
So, at any rate, they made me sign onto the agreement again not to do this. They did not stop me from representing him. I continued to represent him.
And it was only after 9/11, in April of 2002, that John Ashcroft came to New York, announced the indictment of me, my paralegal and the interpreter for the case, on grounds of materially aiding a terrorist organization. One of the footnotes to the case, of course, is that Ashcroft also appeared on nationwide television with Letterman that night ballyhooing the great work of Bush’s Justice Department in indicting.
In 2010, Stewart was re-sentenced to a 10-year term, nearly five times her original sentence, after an appeals court ruled her original punishment was too light.
“On Thursday, Judge Koeltl praised Stewart’s “exceptional” record as a defense lawyer for the poor and the unpopular, but increased her sentence, ruling she had lied in her court testimony, abused her position as a lawyer, and made statements to the press indicating a, quote, “lack of remorse.” ”
Prosecutors lie all the time without consequences. there is no “equal justice” and without equal justice there is no “under law”