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The Bobby Fischer Saga
"All I want to do, ever, is to play
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 .
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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