Alternative political/cultural commentary from an historical New Left working-class counter-cultural perspective.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
`They Sentenced Lynne Stewart'
(chorus) They sentenced Lynne Stewart To ten years in jail They sentenced Lynne Stewart And they revoked her bail They locked up Lynne Stewart For doing her job And to scare other lawyers From defending Muslims.
(verses) She visited a client In a Minnesota prison And the government Made a secret tape And after she gave her client's Statement to the press The Feds came to her home To make their arrest. (chorus)
The government that bombs Iraq and Afghanistan Accused the civil rights lawyer Of supporting "terrorism" Attorney General Ashcroft He declared on TV That he needed no trial To find Lynne Stewart "guilty." (chorus)
So an NYU Law prof And a manipulated jury Produced a conviction So she would not go free And a Columbia Law prof Said her sentence was "too short" And they added 8 more years When they returned Lynne to court. (chorus)
Now they've moved her out to Texas Far away from New York Far away from her husband And her political support And since she's ill and elderly And they've disbarred her for life They hope people won't demand That Lynne Stewart be freed tonight! (chorus)