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Government Urges Court to Uphold Martha Stewart Conviction

The government has urged a federal appeals court to uphold the conviction of Westport’s Martha Stewart, arguing that “overwhelming evidence” supported the guilty verdict against her.

Stewart, serving a five-month sentence at a West Virginia prison, had argued to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prosecutors improperly suggested at her trial that she was charged with insider trading.

She was charged with lying about why she sold ImClone Systems Inc. stock in 2001. Federal prosecutors, in a 220-page brief filed Wednesday evening with the appeals court, said they did not mislead the jury on the issue.

“The only party relentlessly seeking to introduce the subject of insider trading was Stewart, not to rebut anything the government (prosecution) was doing, but as part of a defense strategy,” the prosecutors wrote.

Foreign Students Spend Thanksgiving in Westport

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More than 100 international students visited Westport today to share Thanksgiving dinner with 44 families. The event was sponsored by the local chapter of the United Nations Associates headed by AA Thant. Barbara Jay coordinated the event. Although the scene at the Westport train station appeared chaotic as the morning trains arrived, the visiting students were quickly whisked away to spend the day with their host familes. Students came from Asia, Europe, and South America and attend such area schools as Columbia University, New York University, City University of New York, and Rutgers. The event has been an annual happening since 1969. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com