Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel.
Blind Sheik's Lawyer Sentenced to 10 Years
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Disbarred civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart has been resentenced to 10 years in prison for helping a convicted terrorist communicate with his violent followers in Egypt.
Manhattan federal judge John Koeltl lengthened Stewart's 28-month sentence after determining she lied during her 2005 trial and lacked remorse after her first sentencing.
Stewart represented Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman when he was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York landmarks. She was convicted of smuggling messages from the imprisoned sheik to his violent followers in Egypt.
An appeals court directed the judge to lengthen Stewart's sentence if he concluded she committed perjury during her trial. Prosecutors had asked the judge to re-sentence Stewart to at least 15 years.
Stewart is 70 and has been treated for breast cancer since her conviction.