A procedural muddle kept Lynne Stewart out of prison for another day, but even as she prepared to surrender today, the possibility remains that one or more judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may want to revisit her controversial sentence en banc.

Despite the 2nd Circuit’s decision Monday directing Judge John G. Koeltl to revoke Stewart’s bail and order her to “surrender forthwith” to begin serving her sentence, it was, for a moment, unclear whether Koeltl had the authority to issue that order without a mandate from the 2nd Circuit.

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