Fighting Back: Lynne Stewart and Michael Ratner Speak

February 23, 2007

No one shall be tortured, falsely imprisoned, or denied basic democratic rights.

A benefit for the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee & the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.

NLG Member Attorney Lynne Stewart and Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner will speak at the Women's Building, 3543 18th Street (between Valencia and Guerrero).

Special reception at 5:30 p.m. $25 wine and cheese reception only, includes signed poster.

At 7:30 p.m. $20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Lynne Stewart is in the process of preparing her appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was falsely convicted of conspiracy to aide and abet terrorism in a trial replete with constitutional violations including the government's use of some 80,000 wiretaps, phone taps and other infringements on the attorney client privilege. Lynne's appeal and her similarly framed co-defendants Ahmed Sattar and Mohammed Yousry, will be combined with a defense against government efforts to reverse and lengthen the two-year jail sentence jail imposed by District Court Judge John Koeltl. The government originally asked for a 30-year sentence and is insisting that it be imposed.

Michael Ratner is the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights and among the leading U.S. figures in the fight for fundamental constitutional rights for those illegally detained and tortured by U.S. authorities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Ratner has also been involved in filing war crimes charges in a German court against several figures in the Bush Administration.