Ex-Civil Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart, Mother of 7, Dies in Brooklyn at 77

The mother of seven was a schoolteacher in Harlem in the 1960s before launching a legal career that brought her into the public spotlight

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What to Know

  • Lynne Stewart had been sent to prison for helping a terrorist client communicate with followers
  • She received a compassionate release in January 2014, three years earlier, as she battled cancer and strokes
  • Her most notorious client — a blind Egyptian sheik convicted in the terror case — died last month

Lynne Stewart, an outspoken New York civil rights lawyer jailed for helping a terrorist client communicate with supporters, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 77.

Stewart's husband, Ralph Poynter, says Stewart died Tuesday in the Brooklyn home where she lived after receiving a "compassionate release" from prison in January 2014. 

Stewart was disbarred after her conviction. 

The mother of seven was a schoolteacher in Harlem in the 1960s before launching a legal career that brought her into the public spotlight. 

Her clients ranged from crooks to members of the Black Panthers, Weather Underground leaders and a former hit man. 

Her most notorious client — a blind Egyptian sheik convicted in the terror case — died last month. 

Stewart had battled cancer and several strokes.

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