New York

Ex-civil rights lawyer dies days after terror client's death

  • FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2009, file photo, Lynne Stewart speaks to supporters before entering federal court in Manhattan to surrender, in New York. Stewart, the outspoken civil rights lawyer who represented the downtrodden and was disbarred and jailed after being convicted of helping a terrorist client communicate with followers, died Tuesday March 7, 2017, in Brooklyn at age 77. She was released early from prison three years ago because she was expected to die of cancer. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2009, file photo, Lynne Stewart speaks to supporters before entering federal court in Manhattan to surrender, in New York. Stewart, the outspoken civil rights lawyer who represented the downtrodden and was disbarred and jailed after being convicted of helping a terrorist client communicate with followers, died Tuesday March 7, 2017, in Brooklyn at age 77. She was released early from prison three years ago because she was expected to die of cancer. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2005 file photo, Lynne Stewart cries as she speaks to the press with her husband Ralph Pointer, left, outside Federal Court in New York after Stewart's compassionate release from prison. The outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small-time criminals to radicals and was released early from prison because she was expected to die of cancer has died. Her husband, Poynter, said Stewart died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the Brooklyn home where she lived after receiving a "compassionate release" from prison in January 2014. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2005 file photo, Lynne Stewart cries as she speaks to the press with her husband Ralph Pointer, left, outside Federal Court in New York after Stewart's compassionate release from prison. The outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small-time criminals to radicals and was released early from prison because she was expected to die of cancer has died. Her husband, Poynter, said Stewart died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the Brooklyn home where she lived after receiving a "compassionate release" from prison in January 2014. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, Lynne Stewart talks during an interview at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small-time criminals to radicals and was released early from prison three years ago because she was expected to die of cancer has died. Her husband, Ralph Poynter, said Stewart died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the Brooklyn home where she lived after receiving a "compassionate release" from prison in January 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, Lynne Stewart talks during an interview at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small-time criminals to radicals and was released early from prison three years ago because she was expected to die of cancer has died. Her husband, Ralph Poynter, said Stewart died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the Brooklyn home where she lived after receiving a "compassionate release" from prison in January 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)  (The Associated Press)

An outspoken New York civil rights lawyer who represented clients ranging from small-time criminals to radicals and was released early from prison three years ago because she was expected to die of cancer has died. Lynne Feltham Stewart was 77.

Her husband, Ralph Poynter, says Stewart died Tuesday in the Brooklyn home where she lived after receiving a "compassionate release" from prison in January 2014.

Stewart was disbarred after she was convicted of helping a terrorist client communicate with followers.

The mother of seven was a schoolteacher in Harlem in the 1960s before launching a legal career that brought her into the public spotlight.

Her clients ranged from crooks to members of the Black Panthers, Weather Underground leaders and a former hit man.

Her most notorious client — a blind Egyptian sheik convicted in the terror case — died last month.

Stewart had battled cancer and several strokes.