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Monday, July 26, 2004

Martha Stewarts Lawyer: She is Considering Starting Prison Sentence

The lawyer for Westports Martha Stewart said today she that is “taking a look at” the idea of voluntarily beginning her five-month prison sentence while appealing her conviction.

“She’s willing to think about this because of the company,” attorney Walter Dellinger said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said Stewart “would consider the possibility” of serving her sentence “in the near future ... at the time that’s best for the company.”

“No decision has been made about whether she’s going to do it, but she is taking a look at it,” said Dellinger, who is handling Stewart’s appeal.

Dellinger said Stewart wants her appeal to “go ahead vigorously because she wants to clear her name.” He said the legal team believes it has strong grounds to appeal.

When asked about the time frame for Stewart’s plans, he said, “I think she’ll make the decision fairly soon about whether to go in now.” When pressed, he said, “I don’t know what the time period is.”

On Friday, the Daily News, citing an unidentified source, reported that Stewart wants to serve her time before her appeal is heard.

In response to the report, Dellinger told The Associated Press last week that “Any thought she might give to voluntarily beginning her sentence is based upon her desire to devote her full time to her company as soon as possible.”

Stewart was convicted of lying to investigators about her sale of ImClone Systems Inc. stock in late 2001. She was sentenced Stewart July 16 to five months in prison and five months of home detention.

She won a stay of sentence while appealing her conviction. She would likely serve her sentence at the federal prison in Danbury.

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