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Ex-terror trial lawyer Stewart arrives in New York City to die

| Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

NEW YORK — A dying former civil rights lawyer convicted in a terrorism case but released early from prison arrived last week in New York City.

Lynne Stewart's attorney says she was greeted by supporters and relatives at LaGuardia Airport.

The 74-year-old Stewart was released from Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth on Tuesday.

A judge ordered her release after prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Prisons recommended she be set free because she has less than 18 months to live. She has recurrent Stage 4 breast cancer.

Stewart was convicted of helping a blind Egyptian sheik communicate with his followers from prison.

She had been imprisoned since 2009 on what had been a 28-month sentence. The sentence was lengthened to 10 years when the judge determined that comments she made after her conviction conflicted with statements made under oath.

She said she didn't want to die in “a strange and loveless place.”

Prosecutors say she will live with her son in Brooklyn.

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