Hosts Discuss War Culture and the Newtown Connecticut School Massacre
Michael Ratner Remembers Former Federal Judge and Conservative Legal Scholar Robert Bork
Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart – December 2012 Update
Criminal defense attorney, political prisoner and good friend Lynne Stewart continues to inspire people around her while serving a 10-year sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth Texas. As many listeners know, Lynne was convicted on charges of materially aiding terrorism, related to her representation of Omar Abdel Rahman. Her original 2-year sentence was increased to 10 years after the government pressured the trial judge to reconsider his sentencing decision.
Co-host Michael Smith reads a few paragraphs from a recent letter by Lynne. Lynne Stewart turned 73 this past October. She’s a breast cancer survivor and has recently come out of surgery. She says she’s feeling better and ready to take on the next step in her case.
“I am now beginning my fourth year of imprisonment. It does not get better and I have to gut check myself regularly to be certain that I am resisting the pervasive institutionalization that takes place. A certain degree of reclusiveness, with the help of good books, interesting people to correspond with, writing on topics of public interest, seems to work for me. Of course I still am working with any woman who needs help but I know that my sometimes truth-telling self is not what folks here want to hear. I do try to give folks whatever comfort I can. An old timer here, 18 years in, has begun an initiative to mobilize for prison reform by getting people on the outside to sign off on her well-written petition to the White House. She is straight out of the courage and style of the old southern Civil Rights struggle but has now dedicated herself to this. The demands are modest. I have placed her petition on my website. Please sign on.”
Guest – Ralph Poynter, activist and Lynne’s partner.
Michael Ratner Speech on Bradley Manning in Washington, DC
We hear a speech by our own Michael Ratner delivered at the Bradley Manning support event. Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, represents WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Attorney David Coombs also speaks about the case of his client, Bradley Manning. He is preceded by Emma Cape of the Bradley Manning Support Network. The event was held at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington DC, December 2012.