Yesterday we discussed the trend in U.S. universities to condone Liberal notions that foreign murderers and tyrants have equal rights in America and are entitled to public forums to spew their anti-American hatred while dismissing equal time by U.S. citizens who have served the public admirably.
The saga of hypocrisy continues as Hofstra Law School announced its upcoming 2007 Legal Ethics Conference, Lawyering at the Edge: Unpopular Clients, Difficult Cases, Zealous Advocates.
Participant, Lynne Stewart, is described as “high profile radical and human rights attorney.” High profile indeed!
Stewarts personal website declares:
Radical human rights attorney Lynne Stewart has been falsely accused of helping terrorists. Now convicted, she faces 30 years in prison. On Tuesday, April 9, 2002, she was arrested and agents searched her Manhattan office for documents. She was arraigned before Manhattan federal Judge John Koeltl. This is an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, and install fear in those who would fight against the U.S. government’s racism, seek to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for free speech and defend the rights of all oppressed people.
In fact, Stewart was disbarred after being convicted of providing material aid to terrorists. As a Wall Street Journal [subscription] editorial noted:
[Her crime consisted in] illegally passing messages between her imprisoned client, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, and his followers in Egypt’s Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, the terrorist group responsible for killing 62 mostly European and Japanese tourists in Luxor in 1997. Some of those tourists were beheaded; others were disemboweled. The Sheik was also involved in planning terror attacks in New York, for which he is serving a life sentence.
Ms. Stewart has no regrets.
Any regrets? I don’t think anybody would say that going to jail for two years is something you look forward to, but as my clients have said to me, I can do that standing on my head. No, the circle continues. We are going to go on. We have more struggle [sic] there. This is a time that cries out for renewed resistance to a government that is not only overreaching in a case like mine — I am the point person — but to a government that overreaches into all our lives.
Ms. Stewart is guilty of aiding and abetting terrorists against the United States and falsely accuses the U.S. Military of torture.
I see the people before me today. We are not torturers. They are torturers, and we have to stop the torture. I do hope that we will be vindicated on appeal. We are surely going to take a militant and timely appeal and that there are plenty of issues, and we hope that that will be the result.
Stewart was found guilty, sentenced to 28 months in prison and disbarred but is currently free on bail while she awaits her appeal.
Ms. Stewart got off very easy, she should have been tried and been found guilty of treason. However, Hofstra Law School finds Stewart fit and qualified to participate in a conference on “ethics” and “lawyering on the edge.” We suppose Stewart “lawyers” on the edge but has no ethics; most lawyers I have dealt with don’t practice ethically so we suppose there is a separate, silent definition for the subject. Stewart certainly lawyered right to the edge and fell off the cliff.
While awaiting sentencing Ms. Stewart claims, “I had my medications”, which we presume is for a bipolar disorder swinging to acute mania.
We’re not sure what medication is needed at Hofstra Law School; we suppose there is none for Liberal causes that provide forums for convicted lawyers or murderous tyrants. It’s all under the guise of the U.S. First Amendment. Civil rights for enemy combatants, people working against the security of the United States, and tyrants from foreign lands calling for our death; This is the mantra of Liberal education and the forum for the University and College campus in America.