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Attorney-Client Confidentiality: Are There Special Rules for Defending Terrorism Suspects?
Last Featured: 12/26/2005

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Attorney Lynne Stewart never thought she would find herself facing years in prison for what she considers just doing her job of zealously representing her client. But based upon wiretapped discussions with her client Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted of plotting a series of bombings at New York landmarks, the U.S. Justice Department successfully prosecuted Stewart for aiding and abetting terrorism. Is the government taking necessary measures to prevent criminal behavior or violating the Sixth Amendment right to counsel by challenging the ability of lawyers to talk confidentially with their clients?

Joseph Aronica is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in Washington, D.C., where he practices in the areas of complex civil, criminal and administrative litigation, internal corporate investigations, and compliance and corporate matters. Aronica was previously an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for his role as lead counsel in the "Illwind" nationwide defense procurement fraud investigation. The investigation resulted in 65 convictions of major defense contractors, corporate executives, consultants and high-level government officials, including a former assistant secretary of the Navy and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force.

Lynne Stewart is a human rights lawyer who has primarily represented people of limited means accused of crime. As an attorney she has confronted matters of police brutality, black liberation, secret evidence, bias crime, terrorism, and apartheid. Her clients have included David Gilbert, a member of Weather Underground; Richard Williams of the United Freedom Front; Larry Davis, acquitted by reason of self defense of attempted murder of New York police officers; Sekou Odinga a member of the Black Liberation Army; and Nasser Ahmed, released after being imprisoned for over three years.

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