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The Bobby Fischer Saga
"All I want to do, ever, is to play chess." Playing the game of chess has been Robert James Fischer's, Bobby Fischer's, all consuming thirst in life. Now the game, has consumed him, courtesy of the U.S. Treasury Department and the State Department. Bobby Fischer world chess champion has been declared a fugitive from U.S. justice, he is a wanted man, caught as he was preparing to leave Japan...
Treasury Dept. letter, the origin of Fischer's troubles; page 1, page 2.
Fischer renounces his U.S. citizenship ( letter, obviously drafted under duress at Narita Airport ), page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4 .
Lynne Stewart; defender of the people
Lynne Stewart, has had one passion in her life--the law. She is a criminal defense attorney by training, who has defended the poor, and the unpopular, at times for little or no money in return, because she believes in the principles framed by the Constitution. Some of her clients have included radicals and lately, Arabs and Muslims who were accused of the first World Trade Center bombings in 1995. Now Lynne is on trial herself, literally maybe for her life. She has been accused of supporting terrorism, because she has vehemently defended her clients' constitutional rights. The case for the prosecution has relied on using Ms. Stewart's own words taken from newspaper articles, quotations taken out of context, as well as a list of books and newspaper clippings that were found at her office and residence, as evidence establishing her guilt. The case for the prosecution is partly constituted by a reading list, which seeks to meet out a 30 year prison sentence.
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