Regardless of what you think about my dear friend, Lynne Stewart, she’s dying. It used to be a joke, when Jeralynn Merritt asked when judges would start meting out sentences of “life plus cancer,” but that’s the effective sentence imposed on Lynne.
As many of you know, I’ve been twitting since yesterday asking people to sign a petition to the government to allow Lynne compassionate release. There have been more than a thousand new signers since then, and to the extent I’ve contributed to that, I thank you.
As I wrote in the twit, I don’t ask much, but I have something to ask of you now. Please sign the petition. No, I am not a big believer in petitions, but the government has already refused compassionate release and appears quite happy to let Lynne die in prison. Let the government know that you find its position disgraceful.
I realize that many do not share my views with regard to Lynne, and may think of her as a criminal. So what? Her life is coming to an end. Is that not enough to sate your appetite for retribution? Even if you think Lynne deserving of the sentence of imprisonment, show enough humanity to allow her to die with her husband, Ralph, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lynne is dying of cancer regardless of what anyone thinks. That’s enough. Let her die at home. Please sign the petition. Thank you.