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.