Breaking Legal News - POSTED: 2009/12/24 18:03
A federal appeals court in New York City says a judge who sentenced a disbarred lawyer to just over two years in prison should consider a harsher sentence in light of the case's terrorism connection.
The Manhattan federal appeals court on Wednesday reissued its decision upholding the conviction of ex-lawyer Lynne Stewart, saying it has serious doubts whether her sentence of two years and four months is reasonable.
The 70-year-old Stewart was locked up last month after the court said she should begin serving the penalty for her 2005 conviction on charges she let a jailed Egyptian terrorism client's messages reach his followers. The court also directed she be resentenced.
A defense lawyer for Stewart hasn't returned a telephone call from The Associated Press seeking comment. Prosecutors won't comment.