"Mr. Dember ridiculed the defense claim that the prosecution of Ms. Stewart was meant to send a message to lawyers willing to defend the rights of those accused of, or convicted of, terrorist plots.
The prosecution, he said, was brought "not because she represents unpopular clients nor to deter defense counsel from involvement in terrorist-related cases -- or to chill them," he said. "And this had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11."
He reminded the judge that terrorism prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had wanted to launch a criminal investigation into Ms. Stewart's actions, but was told to "stand down" because there was an ongoing "intelligence investigation under way."
But Mr. Dratel insisted that the government wanted to "chill" aggressive defense tactics in terror cases and make an example of Ms. Stewart. " <more>