Westport's Martha Stewart Ordered to West Virginia Prison--WestportNow
Westport's Martha Stewart has been ordered to report to a prison in West Virginia to serve her five-month term, a source close to Stewart said today. Stewart had hoped to serve her time in Danbury so she could be close to her 90-year-old mother, or in a prison facility in Florida where there are good transporation links. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons told Stewart last week to report to jail by Oct. 8. The source said Stewart had been told to report to the federal prison camp for women in Alderson, W. Va.
Martha Stewart designated federal inmate No. 55170-054--AP
Martha Stewart still does not know where she will do her time, but she's already been designated federal inmate No. 55170-054. The bureau had not notified Stewart of a prison assignment Monday, said Martin Weinberg, one of her appeals lawyers.
It is being reported on WestportNow.com that Martha Stewart will be sent to the prison she had least wanted to go to due to its remote location in West Virginia, which will make it difficult for Martha's mother to visit...NBC News NY is also reporting the same...according to the Shepherd Express , Alderson West Virginia has "two police officers, one squad car, no taxis and one 16-room motel (the Riverview), most families visiting the FPC stay at the Alderson Hospitality House."
I spoke with Newsday columnist Ellis Henican last week, who has visited Alderson and says this is not the place where anyone would want to be. So is it just a coincidence that Martha is being sent to the place she asked not to go? The conspiracy theories have already begun flying. All I can think of is the John Denver song Take Me Home, Country Roads, which we used to listen to on the long drive down to my grandparents house in Keyser, West Virginia. How much simpler life was then...
How to write to Martha
She is not in prison just yet, but many have requested information on how to write to Martha in jail. PrisonTalk online has information on how to send inmates mail:
The mailing address is
Federal Prison Camp
Box A, Range 1
Alderson, WV 24910
Be sure all mail has recipients name, number and a return address on it.
Photos can be sent, no Polaroids.
Soft cover books and magazines can be sent. I was told they need to be wrapped in brown paper or envelope (no boxes!) and should be labeled on the package as "Reading Material" or "Books/Magazines Enclosed".
Hard back books must be sent directly from the distributor/publisher. ( I haven't done this yet, so I don't know all the rules)
A calendar can be sent, wrapped in brown paper or envelope and labeled "Institution Approved".
There is a maximum number of items a person can receive in one day or have in their possession (5 books, 2 magazines, etc). I'm not sure if this varies.
You can't mail stamps or stamped envelopes. For you creative types or those with kids/grandkids, incoming mail can't have stickers, glue, glitter, or tape. Keep it to paper and writing instruments (cut-outs, crayons, markers, pens are ok, not sure about paint)."
Sending Mom Far Away--Shepherd Express The Impact of Prison on Kids as Wisconsin Begins Shipping Mothers to West Virginia
Alderson FPC is nestled in the valley of the Keeney, Muddy Creek, Wolf Creek, and Flattop Appalachian Mountains with the Greenbreir River running nearby. The days often start out cool and foggy. By noon, the sun burns off the fog and warms the valley. Hummingbirds dart through tree limbs and flowers, and turtles drag themselves up from the river. It is a place to atone and to heal. But for many women there will be no healing. The separation from their children may permanently damage not only parent-child relationships, but the children's sense of trust and their ability to bond.
Bureau of Prisons assigns Martha's inmate number, her destination still unknown
Would you be willing to do time for Martha?
The indignity of it all. Martha Stewart has been assigned inmate number 55170-054, and is listed on the BOP website as being "in transit", which means she now has a reporting date. But where Martha will be for the next 5 months remains a mystery. Danbury, CT is her first choice and is the closest to her home, but prison overcrowding and Martha's unique situation may affect where she ultimately spends her time. Help make the most of this and join Operation Spring Martha.
Meanwhile, Martha's nemesis Chris Byron seems a bit perturbed about how very well Martha and her company are handling all of this. You would think that Martha's acceptance of her sentence would have been enough to satisfy her critics, but sadistic tendencies are rarely satisfied for long. If you want a really good laugh, read his latest NY Post column, and then send him an e-mail at Cbyron@nypost.com to torture him with a few good words about Martha...
Doing Time for Martha
Question du jour: Would you be willing to do the time for Martha and why?
Five months in jail may not sound like a lot of time, but in Martha's case even a day in jail is too much when you have an empire to rebuild. Several people have e-mailed and said they would be willing to serve Martha's time for her if it would allow Martha to help her company to survive. In colonial times it was possible to serve time for someone else. Would you be willing to serve 5 months in jail for Martha, and if so, why?
Pledges to do time for Martha
I'd be more than happy to do the time for Martha. Why? Just because I think it is so ridiculous to send her to jail. It doesn't make sense. If she must do some sort of sentence, wouldn't community service have been a better idea? What purpose does it serve...well, other than inflating some egos.
I wish that there was a way, for each of us who are willing, to do a day or a partial day of her time until the five months are over. That way Martha could stay working and living her life her way- continuing to do what she and all of us love.
I recently heard someone bragging about our country's entrepreneurial spirit, and what a great place it is to be an entrepreneur. HA!-I thought. This 'great' country is putting the most successful female entrepreneur in its history-in jail. What a sad day for our justice system and our country! Spring Martha!
Those of us who have supported Martha and MSO have gone thru this "ridiculousness" with her. We feel her family's and co-worker's pain. With that, we are all in this ordeal for the long-haul. Martha has found out that the "little guy" was there for her before and during this mess and will still be standing with her after this mess. So in answer to your question, we are all doing the time with her! Friends stick together!
I would be willing to join a team of people who would take turns sitting in for Martha. Why not have everyone who wants to sit for Martha take turns? No one would be in for very long and the time for Martha would fly by. This could turn into quite a vigil and media blitz!! A sit-in for Martha!!
I would serve Martha's sentence in a heartbeat because I am sick to death of putting my wood fences back up after all these hurricanes! Anything to get away from those fences! Seriously though, if it were possible, I would volunteer to serve her sentence because I believe she shouldn't have been bothered with all this mess in the first place. So many jealous people should learn to mind their own business. And speaking of jealous people, I think Chris Byron should go to prison for Martha and be forced to sit in a corner, (time out) for the duration. We need Martha free to tape new TV shows as well as continue to contribute to every aspect of her company. Jeez, you'd think she was some dangerous criminal the way she's been treated! Well, I still love you Martha and I'll be here for you for as long as you want. God Bless You!
Boca Raton, Florida
I have already volunteered, I think she does not deserve to be there I don't either, so why not me? I miss her so much on TV my days are not the same.
Good Luck, and I will be thinking of you every day and will be anxious to have you back.
I would indeed be willing to do time for Martha. It serves no good to have her in prison. She has suffered enough and I don't think she deserves to be there. And to be honest, I just plain hate the thought of her being there and I would gladly go in her place if it were possible. Really saddens me and makes me sick to know that day will soon be here but hope it will go very, very fast. She is going to be ok but I just hate that she has to go.
Martha has been a great role model and a great inspiration to my life. When I heard that she was going to jail I decided to add free martha to my slogan. Free Martha, Save the Whales!
My thoughts and prayers are with you. If I could, believe me, I would go in your place. I've survived it once, I could again. You created an entity that gave others an opportunity to better their lives and fulfill their dreams. My God bless you and keep you and bring you continued success. You are strong, intelligent, and perservering. If you have not been, you could not have accomplished all you did, and will, once this horrible experience is behind you.
May I offer you my sincere wishes for your strength, faith and hope. All I can share with you is that, as with everything in life, "this too will pass."
God Bless You, Martha
THE SOMMERS TEAM
Join Operation Spring Martha!
Martha will be out by spring, ready to plant a few new seeds to help her company grow. Join Operation Spring Martha and help us plant the seeds for her amazing comeback:
Martha's mailbag: We will post the address where you can send Martha letters of support. We will send Martha letters to help her get though her sentence and get ready for her return
Write to the warden: Ask the warden to put Martha's skills to work, to let her share her talents with other inmates so that something good can come out of this unfortunate situation.
Care packages: Help send Martha good things to help her get through the ordeal. Craft items, healthy snacks and board games are just a few of the things that could help her pass the time.
Spring Martha 2005 gear: Get into Operation Spring Martha with this gear while you plant seeds in the garden or go down to Kmart to shop up a storm.
Barbara Walters had words of comfort Wednesday night for Martha Stewart, who attended ABC News' tribute to Walters' career.
"You look wonderful because there is a great weight off your mind, and we wish you everything good. We hear that in those five months [behind bars] she is going to read all of Shakespeare, get a Ph.D. in whatever she wants and come out stronger and better, with a whole new career."
Sightings: Martha Stewart caught up with her former broker (and codefendant) Peter Bacanovic at Inagiku last night. Sharing sushi with them was Stewart's daughter, Alexis ...via Rush & Malloy
Judge Cedarbaum has granted Martha's request to begin serving a 5 month prison sentence, and has set 2PM on Friday, October 8th as the date by which Martha must surrender. Judge Cedarbaum also granted Martha's request to recommend she be sent to a prison camp either in Danbury, CT, (near her home and family) or Coleman, Florida. However the final decision is up to the Bureau of Prisons, and due to prison overcrowding and Martha's unique circumstances they may select another facility.
As incredible as it seems, Martha Stewart is headed to prison, having finally decided that fighting on will not help her company to repair the damage it has suffered from a scandal with which it had nothing to do. Martha Stewart should be released by early March of 2005, just in time for Spring, ready to begin the next chapter of her life which could very well be one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Spring Martha!
The judges let repeat criminals walk the streets to finally commit their final and fatal crime they put a productive citizen in jail for what? I am not necessarily a big fan of Martha's but I think this was a terrible mistake. The juror who said something about the little people did not know what he was talking about. He must have thought he was at someone else's trial. Martha should not be in jail for one day must less five months. Thank goodness the judge was intelligent enough to give her the minimum. I say free Martha!!!
Charlene Brummitt, NC
Martha puts down her pen--Washington Post
Subscribers to Martha Stewart Living magazine received a personal letter from Martha with the September issue explaining why the last regular feature in the magazine that she wrote was being dropped. In her letter to readers, Stewart said she would no longer do "Letter from Martha," which she had penned since the magazine's inception in 1990. She said she was "taking a respite from writing at this time to attend to my personal legal matters."
Martha may serve time in Florida prison camp--St Petersburg Times
For the record, women at the minimum-security women's prison camp at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex wear prison-issue green khakis.At Coleman, the ceramic tile floors gleam, though they are a bit sterile. The potted plants in the administration building are live, not plastic, though the Wandering Jew vine in the window boxes could use some attention.
Jeanette Walls' The Scoop--MSNBC
Its a sad day in Marthaville, John Small, the operator of SaveMartha.com told The Scoop shortly after Martha Stewarts announcement yesterday that she wont appeal her conviction and will go directly to jail. But Small says he wont give up fighting for the domestic diva. We have nearly 18,000 signatures on a petition for her pardon that well be sending to President Bush, he said. If that doesnt work, well be sending care packages to Martha in prison. Maybe nice little snacks that she cant get there.
Martha Stewart begins her makeover--MSNBC
With her eight-minute speech, professional handlers said, Stewart began what promises to be a difficult rehabilitation campaign by attempting to buck up long-suffering supporters, soften up critics and woo back advertisers who have fled her flagship magazine in droves."I thought she was brilliant," said Howard Rubenstein, the public relations guru who has handled scores of scandal-scarred celebrities such as hotel magnate Leona Helmsley and boxer Mike Tyson. Rubenstein added: "It took a lot of courage. . . . But if she had lingered during her appeal the damage would have continued. Now, in a matter of five months, she will be past this and she can start to do new things."
Martha Stewart in prison?--Townhall.com by Alan Reynolds
Don't you feel much safer now, with Martha Stewart about to go to prison? She decided to go to prison first, and then appeal later. That makes good business sense, so her company stock went up. But this whole trial and error makes no sense at all, so justice went down.
"I am very sad that I will miss the holiday seasons Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years -- always an opportunity to celebrate family, friends and religious traditions that mean so much to many of us," she said.
"I must reclaim my good life; I must return to my good work..."
"The only way to reclaim my life is to begin to serve my sentence..."
"I cannot bear more suffering..."
67% say Martha should fight on
Although she sniffled at times while explaining her decision, Martha Stewart delivered a strong message today, saying she wants to get this nightmare behind her. Her attorney has sent this letter to Judge Cedarbaum that Martha is ready to begin her sentence now, in order to end the uncertainty that prevents her from actively participating in her company.
The letter also notes that if space is unavailable in Danbury, she requests that she be sent to the Federal Prison Camp in Coleman, Florida and not to the facility in Alderson, West Virginia, which would make it much more difficult for her 90 year old mother to visit.
The rampant rumors that Martha will ask a judge to allow her to begin her sentence have finally been addressed, although Martha made it clear that the information contained in most of these rumors was untrue. It does not appear that her daughter Alexis will take a role in the company, which was made clear by the presence of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia officers Thomas Siekman, Charles Koppelman and Sharon Patrick on the podium.
We must admit that we had been hoping against hope that these rumors were untrue. In our reader poll, 67% said they think Martha should fight on and not surrender until her appeal is heard. According to Martha, the appeal is moving forward: "Although my lawyers remain very confident in the strength of my appeal -- and will continue to pursue it on my behalf -- I have decided to serve my sentence now because I want to put this nightmare behind me and get on with my life as soon as possible."
So why would Martha Stewart decide to serve a sentence that might be reduced or overturned? The only reason is to save her own company, which has been dragged down by a matter with which it had nothing to do. As of Monday the Martha Stewart Living TV show has gone on hiatus and for the most part is off the air; reruns are now on the Style channel. The magazine has reduced the prominence of her name in order to appease advertisers. It looks like this was the only way out.
So is this a good thing? How do you feel about Martha's decision to surrender now?
Fans tell Martha to stay strong
I respect Martha for her decision. She is a better person than most of us would be in this situation. I'm buying more stock!!!
I totally understand her decision to end all of this in order to move on with her life. When the verdict came through a while ago, I bought MSO shares and today I ordered her magazines Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Food.
She is a cool lady.
She's showing grace, honesty, and strength. She is smart to hole up for the winter months and then spring out! I wish her well. This has been a 3 ring circus.
I think Martha made the right choice to go ahead and start serving time. I totally disagree that she should have even been put on trial in the firt place let along do prison time which is ridiculous, however, if she goes ahead and starts serving time, this whole thing can be wrapped up and put behind her. I totally support Martha Stewart and will continue to buy her prouducts as she is a wonderful lady dispite what the government and many uppity ups have tried to do to her!
Martha remain strong, this time next year you will have all of this ACED and YOU WILL TRIUMPH!
I feel that Ms. Stewart is acting with an integrity which not only befits her own person-but clearly demonstrates her commitment to the many people associated with her company. To wait is to merely postpone the uncertainty. Hats off to Ms. Stewart, as she begins this next chapter of her life. Blessing upon she and her family.
Gretchen M. Coulter
I am sorry that she has to make this decision. I know how much she loves the holidays, especially xmas. I think she should only be under house arrest and leave it at that. She has made such a difference in so many people's lives that it's a shame this has happened to her. But maybe she can help others in prison to become better people and add another positive to her life.
Good luck Martha. We are all thinking of you and hope that you keep your strength through all of this. Dolly in nh
I can understand her decision to get it behind her so she can continue on with her life, however she has done nothing wrong in my eyes. We all have made mistakes in our lives and they picked her out specifically to use her as an example. Others who have done worse are free with a slap on the hand.Martha, I would do your time if they would let me. I dont have anything better to do, with a liver transplant I'm on disability now anyway.
I would come and gladly take care of your animals and farm if you'd let me.
I know you will survive and come out okay.If Bush were a wise man he'd give you a presidental pardon when he leaves OUR house after the election.
My love to you
Keith A Messenger, Esq
Dear Martha--Although I believe you should never have to see the inside of a prison I can understand how you would want to get all this behind you. I join your legions of fans who will be waiting for your return to our lives. You are an incedible person and no one--no one--has come close to takling your place. Your magazine, tv show have been such an integral part of all our lives and it isn't the same without you. You have my prayers and support no matter what you decide to do. Bless you always.
We don't like this outcome but we accept it, if it enables you to get on with your life do it! I will be your fan till the day I die...Please stay strong for the women who grew up with you in their homes. We love you Ms. Stewart and respect you. You are a hero to untold millions.
CEO and President
How do you feel about Martha's decision to surrender now?
A very classy thing to do. In keeping with how I have perceived her throughout the years.
I feel very strongly that she is smarter than I thought. She is making the right choice to serve her sentence now and get it over with. I often wondered why she did not choose this avenue sooner. Good for you Martha. You just went up in my books.
My heart is aching for the lady. Why on earth is she being hounded like she is when there are people in political positions who have and continue to do alot more harm than she did? My prayers and sympathy are with her.
In sum, my true grit response is as follows: I think that the situation Ms. Stewart found herself in is less horrible than and less like the situation the men at ENRON found themselves in ....the difference is that Ms. Stewart is a woman who understands the loops and strategies of men and it appears that men have gotten away with far more for years.
Perhaps Ms. Stewart applied some of the very same strategies that the top CEO's of corporations do to her own trading habits - as way to bob and dodge maket blows or gain added revenue. I believe that in the case of dubious men dealing with insider information and trade selling. Martha may have got hung out or back stabbed by pea green with envy men who averted scrutiny of thier dubious biddings by funneling attention onto Stewart instead.
Truth be told I see Ms. Stewart as smart to begin to put this to rest, for her fans are at her side. I truly believe she will have much fan mail, time to reflect and plan... during her time out maybe a few lovely pies will be delivered by fans who will have small baked escape plans and other humorous antedotes in them. What ever happens, the prision she visits will likely benefit as they may learn a few things from her as she comes up with ways to reorganize the prison system.
M Garcia Engstrom
And so it goes...
I fully support Martha in whatever decision she makes. She has a humongous fan base waiting for her to return next year. There will be SUCH a clamor when that happens from all us fans. In the meantime, we can take comfort in the Style Network reruns to re-live those good old days; we were a lot more innocent then, weren't we, before the cynicism of a judicial system that would way out of line punish an admirable woman and bring all the jerks who love to kick a person when she is down set in. MARTHA STEWART OMINIMEDIA LIVES!!!!
I have not been a particular "fan" of Martha Stewart before, but I must confess that, today, I think she revealed a true Depth of Character and Courage by asking to fulfill her sentence w/out dragging out the appeals. I salute her now as truly a Strong Woman w/ grit to go along w/ her "fashionable reputation". Who knows, I may even subscribe to her magazine now because I know that a Woman of Substance is responsible for it. A truly remarkable story!
Evelyn L Crawford
I feel a sense of sadness that it has come to this for Martha. This is not fair and I do see her most defintiely being used for an example of male authority.
However, in spite of this, dear MArtha, I do understand how you feel....you have gone the long haul graciously and with dignity.....as dignified as Jackie Kennedy with a sense of awe to your truthfulness and candid decision and as to why........I will respect your decision and as you stated, you must put closure and get on with your life..........well, please do it, so we can have you back.
Sally D. Allen
This is a brave choice, a difficult choice but a choice that may save her company. She is sacrificing her freedom so that her company can stay afloat, ending the months and months of ongoing uncertainty surrounding questions about when she will serve her time, or if she will serve her time. This brings some form of closure. And for Martha, personally, it is a step closer towards freedom. Waiting until "sometime in 2005" for a decision in an appeal must be an awful thing for a person to deal with every day, constantly asking yourself, "Will I succeed? Will I have to go to trial AGAIN? Will this drag on for years?" It was a hard choice but it was the right choice. We will all make it easier for her by supporting her, personally, and by supporting her company devotedly through the next 10 to 12 months. We will never give up hope that she will win her appeal but we will also understand that she HAS to put this behind her after three years of darkness and uncertainty, !
no matter how difficult it may be. She is strong and so are we.
I think she is making the correct decision. I too would want to get the nightmare behind me and get on with life. Fighting the system zaps you of the energy to live life. She is an inspiration to me making such a decision.
The thought of Martha sitting in jail saddens me, just as much as the indictment and the conviction. A precious jewel was tarnished and will be tarnished even further and it should never have been allowed to happen! I am so proud of Martha because she is brave. She has accepted that this is something she must do and so she will do it and then she will come back to us. I know I'll be anxiously waiting but in the meantime, I'm going to miss her terribly! Please God, let the months fly by quickly!
I wish she could continue the fight. I do understand her position on this, though- it must be intolerable having this hanging over her, preventing her from getting on with her life. We want Martha BACK!!!!!
It's a good thing. Bravo her brave decision.
I feel sad that she has to do this, however, I understand why she wants to get this behind her. I think she is a wonderful business person and hope she comes away from this in great shape.
I am very sad to hear you have decided to begin serving that unwarranted sentence. I feel the appeals court might reverse or suspend the sentence. I do, however understand you have been living under terrible pressure these past couple of years, and to get this all behind you would be a huge relief for you and your family. In any case, I remain your staunch supporter. I will purchase your company's publications, your products from K-Mart, your paints, and any other articles from Martha Stewart that I can make room for in my home. We who care about you and your health, safety, welfare, and success will be waiting for you when this is over, to take up where you left off.
Good Luck Good Lady!!!!
Only Martha can make this decision and I support her 100%. I don't blame her for wanting to get the ordeal over with and get on with her life. The appeals process will just take too long and then here is no guarantee that she won't have to serve. She needs to get this behind her and get on with her life and better now than later. It must be a terrible thing to have to deal with. My heart goes out to her. So sad that it has even come to this. But she will come back even stronger.
I understand her surrendering and her desire for disclosure. The stress to herself, her family, her employees and her company has been incredible. The attorneys will still pursue the appeal, but at least this part will be behind her. I support her in her choice and hope she gets to serve close to her home so her mother will be able to visit her. Our prisons are certainly too full and this is such a waste of this woman's talents.
It is too bad that everything has come to this. Her talents could have helped so many women learn how to start their own companies, thus helping our struggling economy. No wonder our economy is in such trouble when the innovators of the world are attacked in this manner. There were witnesses who lied and a juror who lied yet their lies were "unimportant". Wow! How does that work?
Marilee J. Carlson
I am sad, but understand Martha's decision to get this over and behind her so she can get back to a normal life. I hope we will hear from you, Martha and with you all the best. I enjoy your TV program and was irritated when it was removed from Canadian television stations. I wrote and told them so.
I will continue to watch your program at every opportunity and also enjoy my Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Thank you for all your hard work and I wish you the best.
Martha's legal woes have been on my mind from the beginning, so saddened am I by what has been done to her. But I'll stick with her all the way, knowing that she will emerge stronger that ever when it is behind her, as her very strong fan base will still be there, of which I am part. Know that, Martha, I would say to her. We remain patient and ever loyal.
I think that Martha is doing what she has to do to end this catastrophe....This should never have happened to her. She has given so much to so many and I support her. It is a sad day for me to see this happen but hopefully this sentence will be overturned shortly....Martha you are a couragous woman whom I respect. You will rise from this and you and your company will be stronger than ever imagined...Best of luck to you!--Phyllis Kent
I empathize with her and feel it is a very courageous thing for her to do for the benefit of those involved in her company and TV show. I will always actively support her and look forward to the moment she returns to public life. What has been done to her is the only crime committed here.
Martha wants to end the tremendous pressure and angst that only such an injustice can create. I support her decision, one only she can truly understand.
This decision shows exactly how smart and tough Martha really is. I wouldn't call this a surrender at all. John McEnroe often sacrificed the fourth set of a match, so he had extra strength for the all important fifth set. This strategy is brilliant!! I agree completely with the approach to just get it over with and have Martha back on top by this time next year!
I think she is the most courageous and selfless person!!! She is doing this to save her company, her employees, her friends and her family. She is sacrificing herself for the good of others. Even if she has her original "verdict" overturned, this decision to serve early will only prove that she truly was a victim of malicious prosecution, a victim of mysogyny , jealousy,& prejudice. Although I did hear her voice quiver a bit at her news conference, I know she is strong and will prevail. She must hang on. She must take heart that she did nothing wrong indeed. Her case and situation will prove her out after the appeal. Our nation's so-called "justice" system is an example of the perks and protections that our class system indicates. I believe that some new legislation into the legal system will be developed from Martha's case. So please tell Martha that my heart is with her, my prayers for her and her mother and family are constantly on my lips. Please tell her!
that there are many souls and hearts with her at all times.
I think Martha should be allowed to serve her sentence without going to prison. She is NO Ken Lay or any of the other CEOs that have lied and cheated so many ways. She is a smart, hard working, woman, who for years has done what she could to make her company the best there is. I have always like watching and buy her products at KMart. I pray that she is able to continue to be there for all of us, who enjoy the gifts that she brings to her company. I really like her and feel bad for her and her family.
I want her to know that she and her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Schnuggles and Schnauzie Kisses,
Anne Carter and Paco Miniature Schnauzer
in Largo, Florida
"Dogs leave Pawprints on you Heart."
I think that a person of Martha's stature has to make this kind of decision on her own, and she has obviously weighed the possible outcomes, and has come to a decision that is admirable and honorable.
I would have been supportive of whatever she decided, and I think that no one but her is ultimately qualified but her.
I think she's a very strong, decent person and I think that history is going to look very favorably on her, and I am sure that if she can get through this current with her sanity and her humanity intact, everything else she faces in her life will seem like a complete cakewalk, and I hope that's what happens.
She is a total, complete fully dimensional genius, and I could not be more proud of her, unless she was actually related to me.
- Curtis Robertson
It is a sad day in this country when people the caliber of Ms Stewart are subjected to such humiliations. I have just viewed this lovely, noble woman speaking on her decision to begin her sentence. How many real crimes occur in America on a daily basis that receive a tap on the hand and have a blind eye turned in their direction? Of course our elected officials are above it all and therefore individuals such as Ms Stewart are used as smoke screens to flood the media drawing the publics attention elsewhere.
Over the next few months the Lord will be so busy with the prayers that I know will be said for our beloved Martha that I hope there will be time for other matters. Perhaps there is a divine purpose for all of this and some good will come for other unfortunates that Ms Stewart will come in contact with. Surely with her strength and abilities she will brighten the lives of others even though hers has been darkened for a time. All Americans should reflect and review now looking at what very real issues were skirted while Ms Stewart faced these humiliations.
Goodl uck, you have guts, thinking about you. Hope you can help them all in there!!! Might as well be Productive and I know you will be back at Em" soon
Just a Friend
South Lake Tahoe Ca
Danbury warden says no decision has been made on where Martha may serve her sentence
According to the News-Times of Danbury, warden William Willingham received a flurry of calls after Page Six "carried an item saying that Stewart will surrender to serve her five-month jail sentence when there is a vacant bed at the crowded prison. CNN, "Entertainment Tonight" and local media called to question the item. As of right now, Willingham said, he is not involved in Stewart's case, and there has not been a final decision as to where Stewart will serve her time. Before prison officials decide where Stewart will go, they will have to review several factors, including her health status and criminal conduct, he said."
Let's not forget that the Federal sentencing guidelines are also being challenged in the Supreme court, and Martha Stewart has an appeal in progress which will be filed by Sept. 20th. A decision on either of these issues could lead to her sentencing being reduced or to the conviction being overturned.
Fans react as Martha Stewart Living goes off the air
ABC (Detroit), 10:00 am daily, discontinued Martha"s Show a short time
ago and this morning, 13 September 2004, WB ended programming at 9:00
Monday - Friday.
I regret this loss... I resent this loss!
Considering the high quality of Ms. Stewart's multi-faceted, educational, entertaining and friendly programs, it is an outrage! My one consolation is that I have 'Dish' access and so can get 'Style"....but many cannot.
I pray all the more now for a successful appeal....exoneration and restoration of this outstanding woman.
From a very sad friend....
roberta ann gruber
I, too, was distressed to see Channel 55, Long Island, NY discontinue broadcasts of Martha reruns as of Sept.10th (they're showing that stupid Life and Style program instead with those Generation Y "The View -like" wannabees). However, it HAS spurred me to upgrade my cable system to digital so I can receive the Style Network (ch.118) and catch her reruns there. The fact that there has been no new news on marthatalks.com since July is unsettling too - hopefully SOMETHING is in the works on Martha's side. Keep up the good work and Martha's situation in the forefront!
Sad truth or sorry fiction?
As her TV show goes on hiatus, new reports surface that Martha will soon surrender at Danbury...
Page Six is reporting that Martha is just waiting for space to open up at Danbury Federal Correctional before surrendering, and say that daughter Alexis Stewart is preparing to oversee the company. Alexis stepping in would be a good thing, if that is what she and the company believed would help turn around the issue with advertisers. However, between Martha's appeal which is in progress (she will file a brief by September 20th), 200 layoffs and a company restructuring, and daughter Alexis' past denials that she wants any involvement in the company, we find it hard to believe that Martha would give up so easily.
But there are even bigger fish to fry; as the company had announced months ago, due to the sentencing and issues created by the circus trial, after 11 years Martha's emmy-award winning TV show is going on hiatus. WLNY Channel 55 in NY has started using a crawl to announce the show will soon be going off the air this Friday, Sept. 10th. From Martha's Kitchen is still listed on Food TV, but many millions will soon be missing their daily fix of Martha Stewart Living. Meanwhile, MarthaTalks has been quiet since late July, so while it is obvious something is in the works, the only news for now is this latest item:
MARTHA Stewart will surrender to start serving her five-month sentence for obstruction of justice as soon as there is a vacant cell at the Danbury federal prison for women, sources say, leaving her daughter Alexis, 38, to oversee her company.
"There is no available bed at Danbury, and hasn't been for a couple weeks," said one insider. "She's just waiting." Anna Cordasco, a spokeswoman for Stewart's legal defense team, told PAGE SIX yesterday: "She is exploring her options and is committed to doing what is right for her company."
Only history will tell whether the decision to go ahead and serve time in order to save the company is a wise decision. We all feel Martha was railroaded and her true friends, supporters and fans are still here and always will be.
If Martha is waiting for space in Danbury there are a few good things I see come out of all this:
#1: Alexis may take the helm at MSO which means the business is in the family and mother and daughter are closer than ever.
#2: Companies have to change with the times and society and maybe this is a way for MSO to "revitalize" itself.
#3: Once this is all over with, people will see what Martha is made of and her stock will soar and MSO will come back stronger than ever. She is not down and out---far from it.
#4: The article read that advertisers want to get this ordeal behind them so that tells me they want to come back...they want to come back to a company that has survived a test that many companies could not.
None of us can tell the future but I can tell you this....sit back and watch....Martha and MSO are coming back bigger and stronger. My family and I will continue to purchase her products and support the company in any way that I can.
I don't know how reliable Page Six is, but if Martha Stewart is actually waiting for a cell to serve prison time, it's a truly sad commentary on our legal system and our countrymen. I hoped common sense would prevail and it would never come to this.
After the Supreme Court elected GWB president, should anything about our judicial system shock us?
I've searched the Internet from time to time, looking for a way to send an email of my support for Martha Stewart. Today was the last morning "Martha Stewart Living" is being broadcast on my local TV station, so I thought I'd look again for another website and found this one.
My message is simple: I think Martha was treated horrendously unfairly. I am so angry about all the $$ the prosecutors spent in order to nail Martha for "lying." This especially in light of the fact that Ken Lay is living at home in the ultimate lap of luxury. If she was a male executive who ruled his company with an iron hand and was accused of being ruthless, NO ONE WOULD EVEN BLINK. Ball-busting men are admired; ball-busting women are abhorred. I think this entire debacle is shameful.
I will really miss Martha's TV show and I will miss Martha. I will continue to support her at the top of my voice for the rest of my life. I'd hate to be away from my cats for several months but I know Martha's cats will be well cared for.
Martha's Latest Recipe--Businessweek
The debranding of Martha Stewart -- the deletion of her name and face from some of the company's goods -- isn't just a reaction to Stewart's well-publicized legal woes. Rather, it's a transformation that the company would have had to undergo eventually, anyway.
Martha's Organic Growth --Motley Fool
Regardless of whether you think topics such as the mind-body connection and eating mindfully to foster longevity are balderdash, it's a popular theme with a large (and likely increasing) audience. Adding some natural living to the company's portfolio could be a solid step toward tackling the lucrative market of those looking for the fountains of youth and long life.
Health Deals Designed To Help Martha Stewart HealThyself --MediaPost
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's acquisition of two health related titles - Thorne Communications' Self Healing and New Age Publishing's Body & Soul seem to make good business sense given the growth of the health industry and the affinity with MSO's lifestyle publications.
Stewart Firm Expands Into Health--Newsday
It is the first magazine acquisition for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, said Sharon L. Patrick, the company's chief executive. "We are focused on the female demographic and expanding out from our core content," Ms. Patrick said. "This really lends itself to our business
Kobe Bryant goes free while Ken Lay accuses President Bush of playing politics with Enron
" Why, then, is the Department of Justice not willing to agree to an immediate and speedy trial? Could it be that my indictment -- curiously issued two weeks before the Democratic National Convention -- is largely political? " Ken Lay, in the Washington Post
Ken Lay, who was once President Bush's biggest supporter, is now accusing the President of playing politics with the Enron trial. Lay told the Washington Post that he wants a speedy trial to begin now, but says it is being delayed until after the election to avoid political embarrassment. The truth is it was the Martha Stewart case that got front page treatment for two years, while Enron was barely mentioned. Maybe Ken Lay would like to thank all the people chasing after Martha Stewart for helping to keep the spotlight off of his case.
Kobe is Free
Meanwhile prosecutors have dropped the case against Kobe Bryant. But given the way his case was treated this is really no surprise. The most interesting aspect of the Kobe Bryant case was the media's reaction to the charges. From the beginning Kobe Bryant received the benefit of the doubt from both the public and media; he was a very popular pop culture personality, and many voiced shock and surprise at the charges. Had Martha received the same benefit of the doubt as Kobe, her case might not have ended with a juror saying what a good thing her conviction was for the little guys. Or maybe had Martha worked harder on her slam dunk she would have gotten more slack.
Now that Kobe's charges are dropped (mainly due to the Keystone Cop nature of Colorado's prosecutors ala the Jon Benet Ramsey case) the same pundits who convicted Martha before her trial are saying "we told you so." The media presumed that Kobe was innocent until proven guilty. That is every citizen's right. The unanswered question is why couldn't they have extended the same constitutional courtesy to Martha Stewart?
Dear Save Martha,
For the first time in my life I am carrying a campaign sticker on my car. I copied the ones on your Save Martha page and am putting them on my car tomorrow. I am also changing my republican affiliation to democrat. I really am not that infatuated with Kerry but Bush has certainly let us down. Hope everyone else copies your Pardon Martha posters.
Dear John and friends of Save Martha,
For 11 years, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit, has aired Martha Stewart Living. Sadly, this Sunday, August 29, marks the end of this 11 year run in Detroit.
Through out Martha's personal legal situation, I'm proud to say that WXYZ-TV has stood by Martha and continued to air Martha Stewart Living, with great ratings success. I wanted to personally acknowledge WXYZ-TV's commitment to quality television by continuing to air Martha Stewart Living when others pulled the plug.
Martha will be missed every weekday, and on Sunday mornings. However, we will still have the opportunity to see Martha on the Style Network which is available on the local cable channels.
Thank you Channel 7 for standing behind this wonderful woman, a wonderful company, and for listening to us your viewers.
I wish there were some way that someone who was willing to let Martha go free by taking on her prison sentence if she were to face jail time. I am not sure what the law allows which I highly doubt that they would let someone else serve her time for her.
I don't believe she should have to go, but our country isn't fair. They should be spending more time on massive crimes than something so simple. Even if she were not innocent, this is just not right. There are so many crimes being committed and going unpunished yet they want to use this against her for their personal media frenzy.
Slow as molasses, Martha's appeal moves forward... Martha to file appeal brief, Larry Stewart goes on trial Sept. 20th
August 24: Martha Stewart has been out of the headlines for the past month, laying low as her appeal moves forward. Even Page Six has had a hard time finding anything beyond the Boulgergate item that ran first on WestportNow.com. The last round of stories after sentencing had Martha Stewart running into Danbury Correctional just to "get it over with." It never happened. In fact, 67% of people in our poll say Martha should fight on. The other 33% would probably do the same if their name was Martha S.
A few big summer of '04 media events have helped give Martha a much-needed break: The Democratic Convention was followed by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (you know it's The Truth when half of the vets have one story that's the polar opposite of the others. And since when are war stories supposed to be true?). Then the unrelenting Olympic games took over (why does it seem like the exact same gymnastics and beach volleyball matches are on night after night? And will Paul Hamm ever have to stop apologizing for winning his Olympic gold medal?). Next up is the Republican Convention (aka Escape from New York) and then that great contact sport that only seems like it is decided by Olympic judges known as the Presidential election, after which Ralph Nader is guaranteed to be hated by exactly half of all Americans (Iraq just might decide they want Saddam back after they see what happens down in Florida).
Back to School
Martha needed a summer vacation away from the spotlight, but don't worry. summer is almost over. Ink expert Larry Stewart will kick it off with a pretrial conference on September 8th, and he will then go on trial for perjury on September 20th, the same day that Martha's appeal brief is due in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The prosecutor (Asst. US Attorney Michael Schachter) must file his brief in response by October 20th. MSO earnings will be out in November, so by then speculators should be out in force betting on the outcome of the appeal. The next big date is the week of December 6th, after which we could actually see a decision.
Before Martha's appeal is completed the outcome of the Larry Stewart case should be known. Will Larry Stewart's case help save Martha? And what are the chances that another Chappell Hartridge sits on Larry's jury? Let's not count on any miracles; sign the petition to pardon Martha, keep supporting her company, keep saving Martha...
I wrote to her magazine and made positive comments on the September issue. That was one beautiful cover! The magazine is still "Martha" in my opinion so I'm not really concerned with how small her name gets throughout. Same quality paper, same beautiful pictures and same informative writing, so I'm happy. The only thing that makes me sad is no TV show come September but I will be glad for Everyday Food TV when that debuts.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I appreciate all the great work you've done to SAVE Martha! Keep it up and thanks!
If I was wrongly accused I would like to think that I would fight to clear my name. Accepting the verdict without a fight would have the appearance of admitting guilt. However, it would be a great temptation to do just that and get on with my life, especially a life as rich and full as Martha's. I hope she fights to the end but I won't think any less of her if she does not. Life is short.
Should Westport apologize for removing Martha's stones?
Page Six picks up on a story that was carried in WestportNow several weeks ago about how the town of Westport had removed several boulders from Martha's Turkey Hill property without her permission. The town claimed they were a safety hazard, but the only obvious hazard they posed were to people trying to trespass onto Martha's estate. After their removal the stones, which were used to prevent gawkers and stalkers from driving their cars onto her property, were been returned, dumped in a heap on the lawn.
This latest uproar was started when Southport resident Alan M. Beasley, 80, sent a letter and photo to Westport News. According to Page Six he said he didn't know the land belonged to Stewart. "Uh-oh, I guess my life is in danger now," he quipped to westportnow.com. Mr. Beasley is evidently the only person in the area who does not know who lives there; why he was so concerned about the boulders which are a two mile drive from his own home is a mystery. But after years of petty squabbling and small town jealousy, why the town would take such an action is not. We hope a letter of apology is in the mail, but perhaps sending Westport town officials a box of rocks would do the job...
A neighbor tipped off Stewart -- who was not at home at the time -- to what was happening and she called the town attorney's office to complain, according to a Town Hall source. Her stones had reportedly been imported from her property in Bedford, N.Y. Stewart was seen driving into her driveway in mid-afternoon hours after the rocks had been removed.
Troubles at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. have not kept the company from expanding its horizons as it seeks to distance the lifestyle brand from its embattled founder.
The media and merchandising company paid $6 million Aug. 12 for New Age Publishing Inc.'s Body & Soul magazine and Thorne Communications Inc.'s Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing newsletter.
Attorney Morvillo wins....the wrong case!
Martha's attorney wins major victory for fatal ferry captain...11 Dead, dozens injured, yet no charges for the Staten Island Ferry captain Justice is a lot like making sausages; as much as you may want it, you never want to watch it being made. Martha's attorney Robert Morvillo won a major victory for his new client, Staten Island Ferry captain Michael Gansas, who will not be charged in the accident that killed 11 people last year. Even though he lied and then refused to cooperate with investigators, he will receive only 3 years of community service in exchange for his testimony. The last time we checked, nobody was killed when Martha Stewart sold 3,928 shares of ImClone, yet she faces a 10 month sentence. Same lawyer, but a very different result. It is as much a testament to Robert Morvillos negotiating skill that he was able to win this victory for his new client as it is to how very high the cards were stacked against a previous client whose biggest crime was being named Martha Stewart...
Does Martha really need a loan? John Crudele writes in the NY Post that all of Martha's money is tied up in real estate and company stock. Supposedly her cash crunch is getting so bad that Martha is considering going to jail early, if only to avoid piling up more legal bills. And who is the source of this juicy information? An anonymous source who is "very familiar "with Martha's affairs. (Martha Inc. author Chris Byron works for the Post too, so let's hope Crudele is not relying on him for any of his information). But going to jail to avoid a cash crunch is a fairly unlikely concept. After all, the bills don't stop just because you happen to be in prison. And Martha still has $300 million is stock to tide her over. But it's nice to know the folks at the Post are so concerned, maybe they will take up a collection...
September Living magazine has less Martha Andrew Ritchie gives us a preview of some of the significant changes in the new September issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine, which is the first to de-emphasize Martha while playing up the "Living" brand name. Is less Martha a good thing, or is this the only choice left to save the company?
I just got the September issue of Martha Stewart Living in the mail and it is now, officially, just "Living."
Martha's name is still on the cover in small, pale letters above the title, much as it appears on the cover of the "Weddings" editions.
The word "Living" is centered at the top and gone are the curly "g" and the square dots over the "i", replaced by a standard "g" and two circular dots. It looks less authoritative, which could be good, I suppose.
"A Letter From Martha" is no more, and "Ask Martha" is now "Ask the Editors." There is not a stitch of Martha in the entire issue, except a large ad promoting the new Style Network acquisition of Martha Stewart Living television, which features a photo of Martha peeking around a hanging sheet.
However, Margaret Roach (editor in chief) pens a very sad letter about how much she misses the Martha content and how she finds some of the changes unfortunate necessities. Here's a passage:
"This September is one of change for me and my colleagues at Martha Stewart Living, and change, though necessary and often a sign of new growth, isn't always comfortable. It would probably be no surprise to hear my confession that I miss Martha's column at the front of the magazine this month, as I'm certain you do, too.
As we can all understand, Martha finds it necessary to take time away from writing to attend to her personal legal matters. Both of us want to convey our gratitude at your consistent outpouring of support and affection - it really has been very powerful and important these past months to keep hearing from you. You have been a sustaining force, and we thank you.
Even in months like this, when she is not literally in these pages, Martha's inspiration and genius are the heartbeat of the magazine. That will never change; as I have said before in this forum, she is my best teacher ever, and I suspect many of you feel the same way.
Our entire staff is deeply connected to her vision and committed to bringing you the beautiful, high-quality how-to ideas and inspiration you've come to recognize and even describe as being "so Martha."
All in all, it's still beautiful. But I miss my Martha. And the odd issue about Skylands or Turkey Hill would be welcome with open arms.
Readers respond to the latest changes:
There will be some negative feedback in the near future about making Martha's name less noticeable on the magazines and some product lines. I wanted to caution everyone that Martha is still in charge and is doing what she thinks is right for the company. We do not know everything she is dealing with at this moment but I can assure you that she is a keen businessperson and knows what she is doing. The LAST thing that Martha and MSO needs right now is for people in her own camp to turn away because her name doesn't appear on something. The products, magazines and television programming are still hers and MSO's. We just have to be patient and see where all this is going. Is it comfortable for us---NO--we all hate it when a friend falls on hard times BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE....Martha is coming back bigger and stronger. So let's all be careful not to put ourselves on the same level of CBS and other advertisers who turned their back on a good thing. Support for Martha and MSO during this unsettling time is of the utmost importance--no matter how or where the name appears. Let's be careful not to cut off our noses to spite our face. The LAST thing Martha and MSO needs right now is for her friends and fans to make decisions based on negative emotion. Support for her products magazines and programming at this time is paramount!
Id say were in a wait and see mode. The company is trying a lot of new things that look promising, but will take time to gauge success and effectiveness. Martha herself is still in limbo things are better theres a little more certainty, but its not over yet. On the other hand the folks at MSO are on a mission to de-Martha everything the draw for me in supporting the company subscribing to the magazine and buying the products was Martha and now that seems to be going away. Id feel better if there was some reassurances that as soon as this mess is over and done with that theyd go back to the way things were but these changes seem to have an air of permanence and that stinks. I find it amusing that Margaret Roach would lament the changes calling them unfortunate necessities honestly though if the people at the magazine are lamenting them, how do they think the people who plunk down money to subscribe are gonna feel? Maybe Im just sentimental, but it just seems theyre shooting themselves in the foot.
August 11: A judge has ruled that Ink expert Larry Stewart will go to trial next month for allegedly committing perjury in the Martha Stewart case. Larry Stewart was the expert witness who testified he had performed tests on the worksheet which indicated Martha had an agreement to sell her ImClone shares at $60. Now he's accused of lying about his involvement in the tests. He also reportedly told someone that the lab technician had "f---d up" the original examination. So if Larry is convicted, will that help Martha's appeal? After all of the allegations of leaks, lies and cover-ups in this tempest in a cuisinart, the question is, will anything help?
As Martha's appeal works its way through the system, facts continue to emerge that cast doubt on the process that was used to get Martha convicted. Yet many are saying Martha should get it over with and begin serving her 10 month sentence. But would the pundits take their own advice and walk into jail when jurors and witnesses who helped to convict them have been accused of perjury?
The problem is that there is no good way to get this all behind her. Martha will always be Martha, a hero to millions, but an easy target for misogynist masses and a ratings hungry media loooking for the next Leona or Hillary to beat up on. Walking into jail and taking her name off of her magazine satisfies neither her fans nor her detractors. The only good choice is to fight on, in the hope that new information may yet emerge that will help save Martha...
Reader Question: Should Martha fight it or accept the verdict?
Fight 'em Martha! Let anyone of them who are telling you to go to jail now and get it over with spend just 1 day in jail and see how they like it. Better yet 1 week! Especially if they didn't do anything wrong. No one wants to go to jail and neither do you so fight em. As if those prosecutors didn't have anything better to do. Tell em to get their nose out of your business and get on with searching for those damn terrorists who are in our country just lurking to do evil. Now that is a crime worth jail time. Wouldn't you agree? Now stick it to em. Fight,fight,fight.
I am outraged that this travesty has gotten as far as it has. What a gross miscarriage of justice! It is time every American stand and be heard on this subject as if it has happened to them, because it could. We all need to make a stand on this one. The day O.J. goes free and Martha gets sacked is a sad day indeed. It is a clear sign just how sick our judicial system is and it needs a major overhaul. I would fight it till the bitter end, and clear my name. You go Martha!!! FIGHT!!!
Martha, I have followed your case since its inception, as have my Mom, Sheila Kulak and my sister, Ceil Mazza. We are "rabid" fans and have been for many years - I often refer to you as "my idol" - you have style, grace, and an amazing range of knowledge - AND you're Polish!! My Dad was born in Poland and came to the States with his Mom - a "Martha Stewart" of the early 20th century!
You are facing a tough choice but you are an incredibly strong person - you can "do the time" or fight it and you and your company will survive. I want you to fight it, justice was not served in your case. Whatever you choose, we want you to know that we will support you!
Julie, Sheila, Ceil
My husband, Frank Chiuchiolo, wrote you a letter recently. In it he made you an offer. If your appeal does not go through, he offered to do your time in prison. We received a response that gave us your E-mail address. This has never been done before. This needs to go before the judge and to be pursued. He is totally able to do the time. Please don't take this offer lightly. Use it if you need to. It would be nice to hear from your legal department if and when you use this offer. There are no laws that prohibit an outsider from doing a person's time in prison. Please keep this off the web sight and private. Please pursue this angle. It will be helpful to your case.
Frank and Cathy Chiuchiolo
I support you and feel that you have been scapegoated. People are jealous of you for your success and your strong self-estem. If anything happens to you while your incarcerated, I have no doubt that those who did this to you will pay dearly in many ways. I believe you will be put in protective custody. Nobody with any sense of self-preservation would put you in harms way, as there would be such a huge public backlash directed at them.
Best wishes for your future. I enjoy your show in the same manner I enjoy Jazz radio, Mr. Roberts, and other educational entertainments which are relaxing to have on.
I am tired of all the do-gooders trying to jump on the bandwagon and create a NEW Martha Stewart, No Way... they are all just copy-cats.. There is only one Martha Stewart, and I have no intention of watching any of these "Wannabe's".... I will wait for Martha!...
Fair or unfair? Not only unfair, but unjust! I cannot believe a country that believes in "freedom" and "liberty" could do such a thing to one of its citizens.
In Canada, where I live, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. As I understand it, when Martha said that she was innocent, she was charged with lying!!! Now she is sentenced to jail in spite of her innocent plea.
We are praying for Martha.
Hamptons Sheet: Justice Will Triumph--Hamptons Sheet by Joan Jedell As I have consistently predicted since the beginning of this imbroglio, Martha will be exonerated and spend not one second in jail. However, she still could decide to bite the bullet and just go and serve her short sentence, for the good of her company, and put this all behind her. Even Martha says she has not yet made up her mind. However, I dont think she will choose to do this.
Intruders at Martha Stewart's home arrested --Bangor Daily News Martha Stewart had some uninvited guests show up at her Skylands estate in Seal Harbor Thursday, and that was not a good thing.Stewart was working in her New York City office when she learned that two Rhode Island men had been arrested for criminal trespass on her Maine property.
Martha sighted at courthouse --Newsday Martha Stewart tried to quietly pay a visit to the federal courthouse in Manhattan Wednesday but her cover was blown when she inadvertently walked into a gaggle of photographers lying in wait to snap photos of executives charged in an unrelated accounting fraud case. The Martha sighting triggered all kinds of rumors around the lower Manhattan courthouse complex, but the true reason for Stewart's visit was simply bureaucratic paperwork.
PLAY BY THE RULES -NY Post
Stewart said "no comment" when asked about her situation yesterday, before she entered the Four Seasons restaurant in Midtown to dine on oysters and fish with entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman and businessman Charles Koppelman, who was just named to her company's board. Stewart interrupted their often-intense conversation to receive greetings from other patrons, such as ABC News' Barbara Walters, who gave her a kiss.
MARTHA'S STILL CALLING THE SHOTS FOR NOW --NY Post Domestic diva Martha Stewart isn't letting a little thing like being convicted get in the way of her influencing the company she founded. Stewart is still a key player in making company-wide decisions, such as Tuesday's revamping of its board of directors. And the government can't do a thing to stop her at least not yet.
Wednesday July 28: Danbury Federal Correctional Institution is not sounding like such a good idea to the majority of Save Martha readers right now. So here's plan B: reverse the order of the 5 months in jail and 5 months of house arrest sentence, and start the appeal now. That way Martha can still help turn the company around and perhaps not have to waste time in jail on the (we hope ) good chance she wins her appeal. Anyway that's what the Daily News scoop says, and evidently the prosecutors are not too happy with the concept. (So what else is new?) We think it's a novel idea, and a fair one too.
Martha dictates her jail terms - at home--NY Daily News by Greg B. Smith
The domestic diva has offered to begin serving her 10-month sentence at her sprawling home in Bedford, New York, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Stewart is supposed to serve five months in prison and then five months in home confinement. In recent days, Stewart's lawyers reached out to prosecutors with the offer.
It wasn't known if she asked Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum to approve the plan. But Stewart's revamped recipe did not go over well with Manhattan federal prosecutors, who are baulking at this arrangement, said two sources.
Fight it or accept the verdict? I would say fight it. Martha survived years of pain...does anyone realize how much those Polish jokes hurt people, what damage they do? Anyone who survives those is an automatic winner. God Bless, Kitte
The entrance to Danbury Federal Correctional Institution...
...where the locals are already anticipating Martha's arrival...
Should Martha Stewart accept her sentence or fight on until the end?
"This is a hard thing," Stewart told CNN on July 19. "And pundits are out there saying, 'Oh, she should go in.' Do they know what it's like to go to jail? I don't think they know."
Sunday July 25: Why is it that so many pundits who do not have to go to jail themselves find it so easy to tell Martha to just get it over with? CNN is reporting that Martha may begin to serve her sentence while her appeal is under way.
But Martha Stewart said on CNN she has not yet decided what to do. She told Larry King she is struggling with a serious dilemma; does she accept the sentence and begin serving time now, or does she fight to have the verdict overturned on appeal?
On a personal level, it appears Martha would like to fight on to clear her name. On a practical level, she wants this mess behind her so that the company she created can move on.
But what is the price of closure? Will she ever clear her name by accepting the verdict? If the appeal fails, should she take her fight all the way to the Supreme Court? Many experts are saying she should just get it over with and do the time now in order to spare the company more headaches. But if they were in the same position, would they take their own advice and go to jail? Or would they fight it until the end? It is much too easy to tell someone else what they should do with their life. This is one decision only Martha can make for herself.
DO NOT PASS GO -NY Post Memo to Martha: Stop fighting and start serving. Wall Street analysts and branding experts say that the more Martha skirts the slammer, the longer her company will suffer. "Go to jail, get this thing over with," said independent media analyst Dennis McAlpine. "The longer she prolongs it, the worse it gets." But her defense says her time is better off served at the company. "Any thought Martha Stewart might give to voluntarily beginning the service of her sentence is based on her desire to devote her full time to her company as soon as possible," Walter Dellinger, appeals attorney for Martha Stewart.
Martha aids broke broker?--NY Daily News Has Martha Stewart been tossing a few coins to her former broker Peter Bacanovic ? On July 16, when Stewart and Bacanovic were sentenced on insider-trading charges, Judge Miriam Cedarbaum let Bacanovic put off payment of his $4,000 fine because he had pled indigence. But one friend of Bacanovic scoffs at the idea that Stewart would reward him for not cutting his own plea deal. "Martha would never want to give a whiff that she's buying him off," said the source. "I don't believe she's done anything for him financially."
Martha's next move may soon be to jail--NY Daily News Is Martha Stewart ready to do her time? The domestic diva has resolved to surrender to prison authorities, perhaps next week, a well-placed source tells us. "She wants to put this ordeal behind her," says the source. "She thinks that it's in the best interest of her company." Last week, Judge Miriam Cedarbaum gave Stewart the option to put off her five-month prison sentence while appealing the verdict in her insider-trading case. And Stewart's lawyers are said to be encouraging her to hang tough and wait for a decision on the appeal - which could take nine months.
Reader Reaction to Martha's dilemma:
Is there a chance that mandatory Federal Sentencing Guidelines could be struck down by the Supreme Court and that your attorneys could renegotiate your sentence to include the public service activities you had proposed earlier? I personally don't think you need any "punishment" since the purpose of "punishment" is to keep criminals off the street while they are rehabilitated. First of all, I don't think you are a criminal and secondly you do not need rehabilitating. You need good PR and the women of America behind you. I am.
Martha should receive a pardon from President Bush. If she does not she should fight and not go to prison for something she did not do.
Martha is, and has been, already serving a sentence. Your good name is still intact with those who matter anyway -- you must know that. Why put yourself and your family through more? You have already prevailed in a much bigger sense by showing the amazing dignity and grace you have. Ignorant minds are already made up by the amateurs and the self-serving -- you have nothing to prove to them. Didn't everyone see Richard Gear's "Primal Fear"? In his opening scene he says "... Justice in a Court House? Hell, if you want justice go to a Brothel -- If you want to get screwed, go to court."
I love your idea of writting while you are serving your temporary lay-over (God, that'll really tick off the opposition!)
You are an amazing and stoic, intelligent, graceful, unique, inspiring, absolutely beautiful woman. There exists no such legal diatribe, no matter how eloquently argued against you, that can ever take that from you Martha.
I have read with great interest the news articles posted today on savemartha.com. Martha is showing the true person that she is. She is moving ahead with her life with nothing to hide or be ashamed of. If she choses to go ahead and do her time, which she does not deserve, then she is showing that she is a bigger person than most of us would be. Congratulations Martha and best wishes to whatever you decide. We are behind you 100%.
If it were me I would fight it all the way. I'd want justice. Why should I submit and serve prison term when I didn't do anything wrong???
She should do the 5 months and get it over with. She is a strong woman. Get it behind her and go on with her life. It was rotten deal from the getgo. The right did not like her backing of the left. The complete GLEE some have had over the pain of another makes me sick Can't folks find something more to do with your little lives then spend your days hating others?
Martha should accecpt the verdict and use her status to fight disparities within the Criminal Justice System. One only need to look at the prison population increase over the last fifty years, especially as it relates to African Americans, Hispanic, women and the poor and realize a change is necessary.
I am Chairman of the NAACP Prisoner Rights Sub-Committee and often see many like Martha who are abused by the system every day. I think this is Martha's ministry and will take her to a greater level. I hope Martha will agree on being our keynote speaker during our May, 2005 NAACP Criminal Justice Conference
FIGHT, MARTHA!!!!!!!!!!! If they lower the man's fine any more, he won't have to pay a dime. This is not justice this is discrimination. You're getting a dirty deal. Tell your lawyer to get his butt in gear and get your fine lowered too
Unfair just like misinterpreting her statement about Mandela. I watched the interview and she did not compare herself to Mandela. What is more frightening is how the news media reports something like this. Maybe their bosses should go to jail for lying to the public. Hang in there Martha.
Martha fight , fight fight.....I know you'll be back...faced with a similar situation myself and being Polish myself my prayer's are with you...If you decide to take the sentence you will come out a winner in the public's eyes God Bless..Barber Clark
FIGHT IT, Martha. Don't let the bastards win.
I believe you can accept the verdict, if it will bring you peace of mind. While many think you should fight I believe this kind of fighting may take a kind of energy we cannot afford to expend. If you accept and move on YOU, and those of us who care about you, will understand, support and always remember the injustice which has been served. But above all, must come your peace of mind. God bless you!
Fight it all the way to the Supreme Court.
I think she should get the sentence over with and get on with her life. My husband was in law enforcement for 32 yrs and he says the appeals can last up to years and then she will still
have to serve, what kind of life is that. My husband says the appells will not overturn a Federal Judge. She should never of been sentenced to prison. I learned to really admire her on Larry King when he was not butting in. If she goes in this month, she will be out by Feb and it will be behind her. Betty
Fight it all the way - you have been made an example of and this kind of justice should not prevail.
Assistant broker Doug Faneuil receives $2,000 fine, no probation or jail time
No big surprises here; if you help nail the biggest fish since Al Capone, even if you admitted you lied to investigators, and even if you did drugs in Jamaica after you had agreed not to take drugs under your cooperation agreement, everyone will say you are a hero for taking a deal that virtually assured you no jail time. Like Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, who killed 17 people then pled guilty to racketeering and was back on the street in a few short years, the key is to always have in your back pocket a bigger fish than you, a big juicy fish who is ready for the skillet.
The difference here is that Sammy "The Bull" helped get John "The Dapper Don" Gotti off the street, and Douglas "The Kid" Faneuil only helped to get Martha "The Domestic Diva" Stewart off of the airwaves. It's a good thing for Faneuil that most people don't seem to understand the difference between the mafia and Martha Stewart.
Martha 'Baby' broker walks--NY Daily News The baby-faced office assistant who exposed the lies of Martha Stewart walked out of court a free man yesterday. Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum cut Douglas Faneuil every possible break, rejecting the maximum penalty of six months in prison and allowing him to walk away with no probation. Her only sanction was a $2,000 fine. "You are in every way a very lucky young man," Cedarbaum said, giving him "enormous credit" for helping prosecutors and accepting his word that Faneuil "will never again do anything that will bring you in contact with the criminal justice system."
Martha Stewart Witness Gets $2,000 Fine--ABC News "I want to apologize for my mistakes," Faneuil told Cedarbaum. "Thankfully I've learned my lesson." His voice quavering, the defendant said he had feared his testimony would never prevail "against rich and powerful people. I was wrong, and for that I am immensely grateful."
FANEUIL FEELS FOR MARTHA -NY Post Douglas Faneuil "has compassion for Martha Stewart," said a confidant of the ex-Merrill Lynch assistant stock broker, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for accepting perks to keep quiet about a Stewart stock sale. "It's quite sweet. He does feel some sympathy for her," the friend said.
Martha Stewart Witness Fined --Washington Post Faneuil had faced up to a year in prison after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of accepting a payoff. But prosecutors recommended no jail time after his testimony helped them secure a conviction of Stewart in federal court in Manhattan.
"I'm not sure we have 'saved' Martha yet. But I can say that SaveMartha helped expose the media's double standard when it comes to coverage of powerful female executives and celebrities. No one talks about Ken Lay's shoes, temper or landscaping. Everyone talks about Martha's. When Martha Stewart's pedicure and handbag become major news, we are just one Rupert Murdoch decision away from the first psychic reporter. ... John Small, editor
Absolutely fight!! Do not settle for anything less than complete vindication. This is so wrong!
Fight it or accecpt the verdict? FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!!
As a native American we have had to fight for our rights all of our lives. So I say "you go girl! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
I love your shows and your products and I hope and pray for you as a citizen that the wrong against you may be righted. Don't let the enemy get you down.
Catawba Indian Nation
Martha should fight it. She needs to have justice done for herself and her good name cleared.
It is a difficult decision to make when she has to consider her family, her company, etc. but I would fight to clear my name if I knew this verdict was wrong and I did nothing wrong!!
Mary Jane Carey
Fight it or accept the verdict? Martha.....of course , it's your life...but I say ..fight it !
Fight it!!! Accepting the verdict is a virtual admission of guilt. You are not guilty of the crime for which they want you to pay. If the appeal is skipped, the people who have railroaded you this far will have succeeded. Don't let them do it. There has to be a point where the media and people who are envious to the point of being deadly are stopped so the trend can be reversed. Maybe it needs to stop with the case which was "grown in a petrie dish" against you.
Accept it and move on, this has been a horrific time period. Its time to look forward.
UNFAIR!!! It truly IS a sad day when OJ Simpson goes free and Martha goes to jail. She didn't hurt anyone but herself, she made a mistake, make her pay a higher fine, slap her on the hand and put her on probation. She has been through enough.
Let her continue to inspire us with her wonderful company and ideas. That judge is punishing innocent people by taking Martha away for no good reason. This whole thing is just butt-backwards!
Accept! Accept! Get it over with !!
I think Martha should fight. She is raising some very important legal issues. Because her sentence has been stayed, she can continue to work for the company while her appeal is pending. During that time, some things may change. We may learn more about the alleged perjury of Larry Stewart. It's also possible that the government may make some concessions. And we may get new leadership in Washington.
FIGHT IT UNTIL SHE HAS EXHAUSTED EVERY VENUE POSSIBLE. IT WOULD BE A HORRIBLE REFLECTION ON OUR COUNTRY TO PUT A ROLE MODEL LIKE MARTHA IN PRISON.
Only Martha Stewart can make this decision. On one hand, I would like to
see her fight and clear her name. A convicted felon, she is not. On the
other hand, I understand her need to remain and be an active part of her
company. Hopefully, there is a way to do both.
Martha, you have handled yourself with grace and dignity in a media driven
world of speculation, twisted words and vendetta. I am a much wiser
woman having observed you, your situation and the current dynamic
surrounding "justice" in the United States. How would the founding fathers
react to the current standard of justice?
Stay strong, Martha. We may need you at the next Boston Tea Party.
Fight it or accecpt the verdict? Fight it. If Bill and Hillary Clinton can come out of what they did smelling like a rose Martha should come out smelling like all the roses in the world. No mater what your politics are Bill Clinton sold secrets lied on national TV for the whole world to see and Hillary covered up more trash then Richard Nixon and she is now a New York Senator. Heck yes Martha Fight like Hell. The press eats its own young how can you listen to anything they print.
Fight it or accecpt the verdict? Fight
Dear Martha, You should fight this sentence as you have really done
nothing really wrong. No one really got hurt over you selling that
stock. They just want to make you look bad because you are loved
by so many fans. I love you cooking show and try and watch as often
as I can. You should take ti all the way to the Supreme Court. There are worse things going on than you selling you stock.
Take care and the best of luck.
Fight it or accecpt the verdict? Accept the verdict.
Fight the verdict marth. good luck
Please continue to fight it. Although I voted that you should wait until the next appeal is adjudicated, I really believe this case should be taken all the way to the Supreme Court.
Fight it or accecpt the verdict? I would go all the way to the Supreme Court. You do not belong in prison. Your company needs you, and so do we all need you. I wish the President would step in.
Fight it or accecpt the verdict? Accept the verdict move on with her life...
In Martha Stewart's interview with Barbara Walters, she mentioned Nelson Mandela as someone who survived 27 years in jail. Her comments were immediately misinterpreted by many, with several reports saying she had compared herself to Mandela, while a closer look reveals that Martha was only using Mandela as an example of how prison does not have to be an experience that destroys a person but one that can actually make them stronger.
As someone who actually fought for Mandela's release in the early 1980's and who now seeks justice for Martha, I have no illusion that the two are similar in any way, but I was not offended by Martha's comment. In fact, the comparison brings out an interesting thought; while Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner; Martha Stewart is a social one.
The social prisoner is captive to society's jealousy, misogyny, schadenfreude, prejudice, and pent up aggressions. Fair and balanced? Just look at the front pages. Watching Paula Zahn's show on CNN after the sentencing, it was shocking (but not surprising) to see the usual suspects (Newsweeks Charles Gasparino, CNNs Jeffrey Toobin, and Martha Inc. Author Chris Byron) pile on the criticism.
Here was an American citizen sentenced to jail, and it was as if they were disappointed that Martha did not get even more time, or that she did not get hauled off immediately in leg irons. These are the self-appointed wardens of the social prisoner, and the time has come for the inmates of this asylum to revolt.
Martha has now been convicted and sentenced to jail, while Enron executives still walk free. Martha Stewart is now a social prisoner of media gone wild over a tempest in a Cuisinart. We must Free Martha from this un-American travesty. Stay tuned for the Save Martha Virtual convention, where we will pick a presidential candidate whom we feel is the most Pro-Martha and can assist her in this cause...
Sally sent this note to CNN's Paula Zahn show:
Jeffrey Toobin and Chris Byron make some of their living tearing Martha down. Compare this with the positive way Martha has made hers. What a great day if the Toobins and Byrons should find themselves targets of the same villains who went after Ms. Stewart.
San Antonio, Texas
Oj is Free...Ken Lay is Free...Osama is Free...and Martha is going to jail?
Martha Mania continues as all New York papers go to town on their favorite "convicted felon" for the third day in a row. (A good source at the NY Post tells us their newsstand sales go up every time Martha is on the cover. )
What can you do? Keep buying Martha Stewart products. Subscribe to her magazine. Wear Save Martha gear and discuss the issues with your friends. Sign the petition to pardon Martha. Visit MarthaTalks and tell Martha you still care. And join us this summer as we pick a presidential candidate that will help Save Martha!
Sources: Greenwood to leave House Rep Jim reenwood made headlines with his investigations of Martha Stewart's stock trades and the collapse of the Enron Corp. A source who is close to the congressman said Greenwood is considering an offer to head BIO, the powerful trade association for the biotechnology industry.
Q: Did SaveMartha.com succeed in saving Martha Stewart?
A: John Small, editor, SaveMartha.com: "I'm not sure we have 'saved' Martha yet. But I can say that SaveMartha helped expose the media's double standard when it comes to coverage of powerful female executives and celebrities. No one talks about Ken Lay's shoes, temper or landscaping. Everyone talks about Martha's. When Martha Stewart's pedicure and handbag become major news, we are just one Rupert Murdoch decision away from the first psychic reporter. ...
Stewarts sentence shows prosecution unwarranted--Free Press We've always thought the government's case was flimsy and that Stewart's infractions were never in the same league as the fraud and misdeeds of the deposed leaders of the Enrons, Tycos and Adelphias of the world, even as the accusations against her were uttered with the same heat and urgency.
Martha Stewart's appellate attorney well known in legal circles --AP The Duke University professor and attorney who will represent homemaking expert Martha Stewart in her appeal of her conviction stemming from her sale of ImClone Systems Inc. is well known in the legal community. In 1996 and 1997, when he was acting solicitor general, Walter Dellinger argued nine cases before the Supreme Court.
Martha's Endgame --Time With the founder sentenced to prison, her troubled company plans to invent a new identity for itself
I Didnt Cheat Anybody --ABC News In her first interview after a federal judge sentenced her to five months in prison, Martha Stewart told Barbara Walters that she cheated no one and hopes she will be vindicated on appeal. Stewart rebuffed criticism that she should have shown more remorse or been more contrite during her trial.