October 26, 2005

Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart will not be getting a new trial.

A federal judge upheld her conviction Tuesday on charges she helped pass messages from a convicted terrorist client to his followers.

Stewart said Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman was practicing free speech when he issued a press release about a cease fire by Islamic militants in Egypt.

But the judge said: "The First Amendment lends no protection to participation in a conspiracy, even if such participation is through speech."

Stewart's sentencing is set for December. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

Rahman was convicted of planning to blow up several New York City landmarks.