Ap­peals judges back lawyer’s decade jail term

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NEW YORK | Fed­eral ap­peals judges in New York ap­pear sup­port­ive of a judge’s decision to quadru­ple the prison sen­tence of a lawyer con­victed of aid­ing a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter she said she could serve the time “stand­ing on my head.”

Judges of the 2nd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals were skep­ti­cal Wed­nes­day of ar­gu­ments made on be­half of dis­barred civil rights at­tor­ney Lynne Ste­wart.

The judges are con­sid­er­ing whether she was pun­ished for speech pro­tected by the First Amend­ment. Her com­ments came af­ter she was sen­tenced in 2006 to more than two years in prison. The trial judge quadru­pled her sen­tence to 10 years.

The same three-judge panel in 2009 said it had “se­ri­ous doubts” the orig­i­nal sen­tence was suf­fi­cient.

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