Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just a Reminder of What Happened the Last Time We Tried a Terrorist in Our Courts...

During the trial of the blind sheik, his attorney, Lynne Stewart broke the law by providing material support to the terrorist in the form of passing notes, so to speak, from her terrorist client to other terrorists.

With the news that Democrats haven't learned a damn thing from 9/11 and want to put more terrorists on trial, it was interesting to see the following story on

Lynne Stewart Told to Surrender; Court's Split Over Light Sentence Remains

A procedural muddle kept Lynne Stewart out of prison for another day, but even as she prepared to surrender today, the possibility remains that one or more judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may want to revisit her controversial sentence en banc.

Despite the 2nd Circuit's decision Monday directing Judge John G. Koeltl to revoke Stewart's bail and order her to "surrender forthwith" to begin serving her sentence, it was, for a moment, unclear whether Koeltl had the authority to issue that order without a mandate from the 2nd Circuit.

But Koeltl, in an order last night, said he must follow the 2nd Circuit's directive and he revoked bail for Stewart and a co-defendant, Mohamed Yousry. The judge nonetheless stayed the order until 5 p.m. today.

On Monday, a divided three-judge panel vacated the 28-month sentence Koeltl imposed on Stewart in 2006 for providing material support to a terrorist conspiracy. The panel said the sentence was too light, and it directed the judge to re-sentence the 70-year-old disbarred lawyer and make a finding on whether she committed perjury at trial.

There are many problems with trying terrorists in the U.S. as opposed to dispatching them in Guantanamo before they can come here. Traitorous defense attorneys are only one of those problems.