Allow me to introduce Lynn Stewart.
Actually, we really should begin with Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. You probably know him by his nom de sleaze: The Blind Sheikh.
Omar is doing life at Club Fed for 'seditious conspiracy'. He is tied to the first bombing of the World Trade Centre, numerous terrorist acts, but has only been convicted for planning to detonate five bombs throughout New York City.
Well, Omar the Putz seems to have needed the services of a lawyer -- enter Lynn Stewart, stage Left -- pun intended.
Ms. Stewart is a proudly self-acknowledged radical.
Anyhoo, when she took the case, she was informed by the U.S. Government that her new client was the leader of Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (The Islamic Group), that it was a terrorist organization, and she was given a notice -- in writing -- that she could defend Rahman -- as long as she understood that she was not to:
"use meetings, correspondence, or phone calls with Abdel Rahman to pass messages between third parties (including, but not limited to, the media) and Abdel Rahman"
Fairly straightforward, yes? Omar Abdel Rahman is a terrorist, and he is the terrorist leader of a known terrorist group, so it would Be In A Lot Of People's Best Interests to not allow him to give orders to his rampaging pack of Islamic Idiots.
Unless, of course, you are a self-confessed radical leftist lawyer who believes that Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman is actually an important political leader who needs to be allowed to express his views to his radical leftist killers.
Apparently from the beginning, Ms. Stewart happily channeled press releases from Rahman to his pack of terrorists, and she chanted gibberish and sang nonsense to prevent prison listening devices from over-hearing Omar Abdel Rahman giving instructions to Ms. Stewarts' co-conspirators.
She was accused of providing material aid to a foreign terrorist organization, making false statements, and conspiracy to defraud the federal government -- re-indicted for material support to a murder conspiracy -- and convicted of same.
Now, sentencing guidelines for providing material support for a murder conspiracy call for about 30 years in the clink.
The judge stated that Ms. Stewart's past service off-set her crimes and sentenced her to 28 months.
Not only that, but the nice li'l ol' judge said that Ms. Stewart didn't have to actually, you know, go to prison until she finished appealing the sentence.
That's going to be another year.
Ms. Stewart steadfastly maintains that she is "Not a traitor."