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Stewart Received Critically at Hofstra

Last week disbarred terror lawyer Lynne Stewart told participants at an ethics conference at Hofstra Law School that she “would do it again,” that is, help Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of planning a massive terror-attack in New York, pass messages to an associate posing as a translator while she pretended to ask questions. (The New York Post’s coverage of the event is here, and John Steele liveblogged it at Legal Ethics Forum.)

Walter Olson, who followed the conference from the outset, concludes:

it would appear that — despite the presence of several strong Stewart supporters on the program, which made it easy to expect the worst — she did face the right sorts of pointed questions from both faculty and students, and the strained rationalizations she put forth for her gross misconduct were not allowed to pass without challenge. None of which retrospectively makes Hofstra’s decision to designate her as conference “faculty” anything other than the wince-making mistake it was. But it’s certainly much preferable to the uncritical reception Stewart has been accorded on some of her other campus stops.