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Lawyers for Westport’s Martha Stewart Ask for New Trial

Lawyers for Westport’s Martha Stewart asked for a new trial today.They said one of the jurors who convicted her lied about an arrest on assault charges.

In a filing made in a New York federal court, Stewart lawyer Robert Morvillo said he would have sought to exclude juror Chappell Hartridge had he known about his past.

“These facts, in and of themselves, establish that Ms. Stewart is entitled to a new trial,’’ Morvillo wrote, according to news agency reports.

On the day of the guilty verdict, the juror said publicly that he believed the decision was “a victory for the little guys.”

“Hartridge’s characterization of the verdict immediately after he was released from jury duty as ‘maybe …a victory for the little guys who lose money in the market because of these kinds of transactions’ evidences a clear class bias on his part,” the papers said.

Stewart’s lawyers said the fact that Hartridge sought compensation from the media for post-trial interviews is also indicative that of his motive to profit from his jury service.

Stewart was convicted March 5 along with her broker, Peter Bacanovic, of obstructing justice and lying to the government about her sale of a block of stock in biotechnology company ImClone just before the price dropped.

She is scheduled to be sentenced June 17 and is widely expected to get 10 to 16 months in prison.

2 thoughts on “Lawyers for Westport’s Martha Stewart Ask for New Trial

  1. She should be given a new trial now that these new facts about that juror has come out.Perhaps this time we will have jurors who carefully weigh the evidence,there should be no reasonable doubt of someones guilt,yet one statement from the juror was pertaining to Ms Pasternak,she her self was not sure if she thought Martha said it or if she thought it?How can you base your decision of guilt on a witness who is not sure themselves.Please free Martha from this injustice.

  2. MARTHA SHOULD HAVE ANOTHER TRIAL,THE TRIAL SHE HADWAS UNFAIR IT DOES NOT SEEM FAIR TO DROP ONE OF THE CHARGES,BUT YOU CAN NOT TELL THE JURY.  WHAT KIND OF JUSTICE IS THAT(UNFAIR)
    ON THE LAST TWO SHOWS I SAW WERE OUT TAKES OF MISTAKES MADE ON HER SHOW (THEY WERE SUCH FUN I WISH THEY PUT THEM ON HER SHOW EVERY YEAR)SOME PEOPLE ASSUME SHE IS NOT A NICE PERSON(I THINK SHE IS GREAT. AS FAR AS SOMEONE TO TAKE HER PLACE THEY WOULD HAVE TO HIRE FIVE PEOPLE.
    I DON’T THINK THE MEDIA WAS FAIR TO MARTHA THEY COULDN’T WAIT TO TAKE HER DOWN. 
    THANK YOU JOAN
    PS THEY JUST TOOK MARTHA OFF ON CHANNEL I7(59 WCTX NEW HAVEN)& HOME & GARDEN

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