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Freed ailing ex-terror trial lawyer arrives in NYC

  • Associated Press
  • January 1, 2014 - 7:10 PM

NEW YORK — A dying former civil rights lawyer convicted in a terrorism case but released early from prison has arrived in New York City.

Lynne Stewart's attorney says she landed Wednesday afternoon at LaGuardia Airport, where she was greeted by supporters and relatives.

The 74-year-old Stewart was released from Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday. A judge ordered her release after prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Prisons recommended she be set free because she has less than 18 months to live. She suffers from recurrent Stage 4 breast cancer.

Stewart was convicted of helping a blind Egyptian sheik communicate with his followers from prison. She had been imprisoned since 2009 and had said she didn't want to die in "a strange and loveless place."

Prosecutors say she'll live with her son in Brooklyn.

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