Ex-Lawyer in Terror Case Asks For Release

NEW YORK (AP) -

Court papers filed in New York seek an early prison release for an ailing, once-prominent civil rights lawyer convicted of terrorism charges.

Attorney Jill Shellow says in Manhattan court papers Monday that 73-year-old Lynne Stewart will soon succumb to cancer. Stewart is serving 10 years in prison since late 2009 after being convicted in 2005 for providing support to terrorist organizations by letting an Egyptian prisoner communicate with followers.

A compassionate release request was previously denied.