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Monday, May 31, 2004

Martha Stewart Reportedly Seeking Community Service Deal

Westport’s Martha Stewart is reportedly seeking to do community service work teaching poor women to start their own businesses, in exchange for a shorter stint behind bars.

Stewart has offered to perform 1,000 hours of community work with Women’s Venture Fund, a New York-based non-profit organization, Newsweek magazine reported.

Stewart was convicted March 5 on one charge of conspiracy, one charge of obstruction of justice and two charges of making false statements to investigators.

She has a June 17 sentencing hearing and could face 10 to 16 months in prison.

Women’s Venture Fund president Maria Otero is reported to have sent a letter to U.S. Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who presided over Stewart’s trial, about the benefits the domestic icon could offer women in the program.

Lawyers for Stewart have declined to comment on the report. Stewart’s legal team has said it plans to appeal her conviction after authorities charged a prosecution witness in the case with perjury.

The witness, Larry F. Stewart, is a national ink expert who works at the Secret Service. The government said it had found eight separate false statements made by him on the stand and charged hium with two counts of perjury.

The government has insisted the perjury charge will not affect Stewart’s conviction.

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she’d be great and I hope she gets it.

Posted by Diane Cady on May 31, 2004 at 06:45 PM | #
 

As usual, Martha has come up with another creative idea that will help so many women.  What has happened to Martha is disgraceful.  It would appear that a certain group of people were simply out to get her. Being a successful woman can be a challenge.  Don’t worry Martha; there is karma.  Keep heading in the direction you are and the truth will out!

Posted by Dianne Hartwick on May 31, 2004 at 06:56 PM | #
 

All she has whipped up here is a recipe to weasel out jail time. 
Bake cookies on TV and climb the social ladder and presto you are an affluent American who has dillusions of being above the law. 
No No No….break the law, the very laws that are intended to protect our free market economy and you go to jail.

Posted by Erica Miller on June 01, 2004 at 02:42 AM | #
 

I hate to disappoint everyone, but I don’t think everybody’s out to get Martha.  If anything, it appears to me that certain people at the Secret Service are out to get Larry Stewart.  And it’s happened before. He’s made some enemies and angered/irritated coworkers.  The person who came forward alleging that Larry Stewart lied at Martha’s trial is the same person who filed complaints about Larry approx. 3 years ago.  I think it was found that she intentionally and maliciously twisted things around to try to get Larry fired, possibly trying to get his job or to get back at him because she doesn’t like or agree with his management style.  This woman apparently admitted this after an investigation found Larry basically was innocent of any wrongdoing. Supposedly it was recommended that this person be suspended without pay for a short time—that never happened.  Why is that?  Who else has she filed complaints against?  I think if Larry had the finances available, he would have sued this woman for what she put him through.

My guess is his coworker’s ticked that she didn’t get to be the one testifying as the expert ink witness.  Maybe Larry stole her thunder and got the recognition she thought she deserved.  Why is it that she didn’t testify in court if she’s the one who did all the work?  It’s common knowledge at the Secret Service that she intensely dislikes Larry.  Surprisingly, they’d been good friends for maybe 10 years.

Why did it take so long after the trial for her to make her allegations?  Did she make these allegations known within the Secret Service or did she go outside?  Why didn’t other Secret Service colleagues present at the trial come forward, if Larry supposedly lied?  Why has Larry’s binders of documentation related to Martha’s trial disappeared from the Secret Service vault?  Could it be because they contain documentation that can prove Larry’s innocence?  Gee, wonder who could have taken them and why?!

I’ve known Larry for about 21 years, married to him for 19 years, divorced since April, and I find it unbelievable that he would lie and jeopardize his job, especially since it is the most important thing in his life, his career.  There’s no way! I don’t believe it for a second!As soon as I heard (and I had already guessed) who had made the allegations, I felt that she was again out to try to get him fired.  I am not a fan of Larry’s in any way, I carry some resentment and anger towards him, but I totally support him and believe that he is innocent!!

Posted by Sue Stewart on June 01, 2004 at 01:39 PM | #
 

As to Sue Stewart’s post on June 1, 2004—my question is this—-why would Martha Stewart lie and jeopardize everything she has worked for.  If the forefathers’ of this country knew how our judicial system has treated Martha Stewart, they would be deeply saddened!

Posted by Michael Wright on June 04, 2004 at 02:34 AM | #
 

MRS. Larry F. Stewart’s communications with WestportNow.com are outrageous!  Her husband is as guilty of perjury as Chappell Hartrige is!  Of course in this country, until proven guilty. 

Let us all write to WestportNow about their own Mariana Pasternack, (friend of Martha Stewart?), turncoat?  She basks in her lucrative Real Estate Company, making money hand over foot.  How dare she accept a free trip to Mexico with Martha, accept Martha’s money to help get her divorce, perhaps even give some ‘secret’ advice to her husband while there, and then state those words, which taken out of context, really do not mean much at all. Looks like good grounds for appeal from my view point.  The time line of Dr. Pasternack’s Imclone sale is quite suspicious.  When explained by Martha that her company wound not pay to the Mexico trip, it appears that Mariana became enraged and fell right into the greedy hands of the Feds. How many hours & hours did it take to get those words to their approval out of her mouth.  We know it took at least 20 hours of coaching for Faneuil’s testimony to come forth to their profection. 

The Feds have asked for any leads as to wrongdoers…why does she not hand her own ex-husband’s head on a silver platter as Mariana di Martha’s and put her’s on there as well?

As a long-time fan of of Martha Stewart Omnimedia (or is it her’s anymore), I find it utterly upsetting to see what formerly was a very harmonious, friendly and happy group of employees - just trashed to unemployment lines.  What more can the media and powers that are now in charge do to keep this wonderful show/magazine etc. going?

As viewers, where is our recourse?  Where is Martha’s?

Louise

Posted by Louise on June 04, 2004 at 06:25 AM | #