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Lynne Stewart, Ex-Lawyer Convicted In Terror Case, Denied Release From Prison

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: 70-year-old disbarred lawyer Lynne Stewart says goodbye to friends and supporters as she reports to prison following a conviction on charges that she let a Muslim terrorist client communicate with followers while serving a life prison sentence November 19, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | Getty

NEW YORK -- A former New York lawyer convicted in a terrorism case says her request for early release from a 10-year prison sentence to fight cancer has been rejected.

Lynne Stewart said in a statement to supporters this week that she was "disappointed but not devastated" by a Federal Bureau of Prisons letter. She said it was flawed factually and medically.

Stewart has said medical authorities at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, recommended her for compassionate release. The program permits early release for "extraordinary and compelling reasons." She said the warden then forwarded the application to Washington.

The 73-year-old Stewart was sentenced on a charge of conspiracy to provide support to terrorist organizations.

A Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said she can't comment for privacy reasons about individual inmates.

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