The Martha Stewart Sentence
Anita Sharpe on Business
Fair or not? If you were in her ankle bracelet, would you appeal?
Here's my take: it's hard for me to understand why she should go to prison for misleading investigators investigating a crime (insider trading) she was never charged with. As Newsweek columnist Allan Sloan pointed out, it's not so different from telling the police officer who pulled you over that you had no idea how fast you were driving. Have you ever done that and known better? If so, you were lying during an investigation.
Before she was sentenced to five months behind bars and five months of at-home confinement, Stewart asked the judge to 'remember all the good I have done.'
Many will roll their eyes, but it's not a small point. One Martha fan interviewed by the New York Times last spring said, 'It sounds corny, but she brings beauty into my life.' That's not such shabby public service.