"I'd like to think I would do it again," she said. "It's
the way a lawyer is supposed to behave."
Stewart's co-defendants Ahmed Sattar, a postal worker who
acted as a paralegal for Abdel-Rahman, and Mohammed Yousry, an
Arabic translator, were also convicted. Sattar, charged with
the conspiracy to kill people outside the United States, could
be sentenced to life in prison.
The case attracted attention from U.S. lawyers, some of
whom believed Stewart was the target of vindictive prosecutors
who wanted to punish her for her leftist beliefs and others who
said she willingly broke the law.
"It's unbelievable," said Ivan Fisher, a New York defense
lawyer. He said she was "absolutely" a target of the Bush
administration's anti-terrorism policies.
Jeff Fogel, legal director of the Center for Constitutional
Rights, said, "There are some (lawyers) who will be scared and
won't take these cases, but there are others who might be even
more zealous to demonstrate that we won't be cowed."
Others, such as Northwestern University law professor
Steven Lubet, said Stewart broke the law: "This case had
nothing to do with zealous advocacy and everything to do with
obeying the law."
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the convictions
"send a clear, unmistakable message that this department will
pursue both those who carry out acts of terrorism and those who
assist them with their murderous goals."
During the trial, prosecutors said Stewart signed and then
broke a deal with the U.S. Justice Department to prevent
Abdel-Rahman from sending messages that could cause violence.
Evidence included a call Stewart made in 2000 to a Reuters
correspondent in Egypt in which she read a statement issued by
the cleric saying he had withdrawn his support for the Islamic
Group's cease-fire in Egypt. The group had observed the
cease-fire since a 1997 attack on tourists in Luxor.