Ex-terror trial lawyer freed on NY judge's order

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Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 10:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A former civil rights lawyer convicted in a terrorism case has been released from federal prison after prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Prisons made the recommendation to a judge in New York.

Seventy-four-year-old Lynne Stewart was released from the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday evening.

She said in a telephone interview that she was grateful to be free.

U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl signed the release order earlier Tuesday after government lawyers filed a letter in Manhattan federal court saying Stewart qualified for early release. She's suffering from breast cancer that has metastasized to her lungs and bones.

Stewart was convicted of helping a blind Egyptian sheik communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence in a plot to blow up five New York landmarks and assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. She had been imprisoned since 2009 and wasn't scheduled for release until August 2018.

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