A federal judge in Manhattan declined on Friday to order the release of Lynne F. Stewart, an outspoken former defense lawyer who is dying from cancer in a federal prison in Texas. Ms. Stewart, 73, defended Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to blow up the United Nations and other city landmarks. She was later convicted of smuggling messages from the imprisoned sheik to his violent followers in Egypt, and in 2010, Judge Koeltl sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

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