Ex-lawyer in terror case asks NY judge for release

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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:32 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Court papers filed in New York seek an early prison release for an ailing former civil rights lawyer convicted of terrorism charges for helping a blind Egyptian sheik.

Attorney Jill Shellow says in Manhattan court papers filed Monday that 73-year-old disbarred lawyer Lynne Stewart will soon succumb to breast cancer.

Stewart was convicted in 2005 of providing support to terrorist organizations by letting the imprisoned sheik communicate with his followers.

The sheik is serving a life sentence for conspiracies to blow up New York landmarks and assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (HOHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk).

Stewart represented the sheik at his 1995 trial. She's serving 10 years in a Texas prison. She's been imprisoned since 2009.

A compassionate-release request was previously denied. Stewart's lawyer says her life expectancy is less than 18 months.