Ex-Lawyer Convicted in Terror Case Seeks Release

NEW YORK (AP) -

A once-prominent New York civil rights lawyer is building support for early release from her 10-year prison term in a terrorism case so she can fight advanced-stage cancer.

Lynne Stewart says a Texas prison warden has recommended compassionate release. She is seeking to benefit from a rarely granted provision letting inmates leave prison early for “extraordinary and compelling reasons.”

The 73-year-old former lawyer was convicted in 2005 of conspiracy to provide support to terrorist organizations for letting an Egyptian terrorism defendant known as the “blind sheikh,” who is serving a life sentence, communicate with followers.

She was imprisoned more than three years ago after an appeals court said a judge’s two-year, four-month prison term was too lenient. She was resentenced to 10 years.