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Ex-civil rights lawyer dies days after the terror of the client’s death

  • FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2009, file photo, Lynne Stewart speaks to supporters before entering federal court in Manhattan to surrender, in New York. Stewart, the outspoken civil rights lawyer who represented the oppressed and was disbarred and put in prison after being convicted of helping a terrorist client communicate with followers, died on Tuesday, 7 March 2017, in Brooklyn at the age of 77. She was released early from prison three years ago because she was expected to die of cancer. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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  • FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2005 file photo, Lynne Stewart cries as she speaks to the press with her husband Ralph Pointer, left, outside Federal Court in New York, Stewart compassionate release from prison. The outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small criminals radicals and prematurely released from prison because they were expected to die from cancer died. Her husband, Poynter, said Stewart died on Tuesday 7 March 2017, in the Brooklyn home where she lived after it received a “compassionate release” from prison in January 2014. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

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  • FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, Lynne Stewart says during an interview at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small criminals radicals and prematurely released from prison three years ago, because they were expected to die from cancer died. Her husband, Ralph Poynter, said Stewart died on Tuesday 7 March 2017, in the Brooklyn home where she lived after it received a “compassionate release” from prison in January 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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NEW YORK – A distinctly New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small criminals radicals and prematurely released from prison three years ago, because they were expected to die from cancer died. Lynne Feltham Stewart was 77.

Her husband, Ralph Poynter, says Stewart died on Tuesday in the Brooklyn house where she lived after it received a “compassionate release” from prison in January 2014.

Stewart was disbarred after she was sentenced for helping a terrorist client communicate with followers.

The mother of seven, was a teacher in Harlem in the 1960s for the start of a legal career that brought her into the public spotlight.

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

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

Stewart had fought against cancer and a number of strokes.

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