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Steve
03-04-2005, 09:51 AM
Martha Stewart Is Freed From Prison

Martha Stewart Is Freed From West Virginia Prison, Returns to New York

By JIM FITZGERALD

The Associated Press



Mar. 4, 2005 - Martha Stewart, released after five months in a West Virginia prison, landed at Westchester County Airport shortly after 2 a.m. Friday and was whisked away by a motorcade of two cars bound for her estate in Katonah. The plane landed two hours after Stewart left prison in Alderson, W.Va.

Stewart quickly set her sights on rebuilding her homemaking empire after serving a five-month sentence for lying about a stock sale.

"The experience of the last five months ... has been life altering and life affirming," Stewart said in a statement issued on her Web site. "Someday, I hope to have the chance to talk more about all that has happened, the extraordinary people I have met here and all that I have learned."

The domestic diva left the prison at 12:30 a.m. and headed to a nearby airport, where she boarded a private jet about 45 minutes later for the flight to New York.

Before boarding the plane with her daughter, Stewart smiled and waved to the crowd, but she did not speak to reporters.

Gone were her prison khakis a slim-looking Stewart was dressed in a gray-and-white poncho, dark jeans and ankle boots.

Stewart left the prison in a sport utility vehicle, moments after prison officials announced she had been released. Her vehicle passed by reporters and 15 fans without stopping. About a half-mile from the prison a cardboard sign said, "Goodbye Martha. From fans and friends in Alderson, W.Va."

"Right now, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to be returning to my more familiar life," Stewart said in the statement. "My heart is filled with joy at the prospect of the warm embraces of my family, friends and colleagues. Certainly, there is no place like home."

Stewart, 63, will spend the next five months on home confinement at her 153-acre estate in Katonah, N.Y. She had 72 hours after leaving Alderson to report to corrections officials in New York to be fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet so her movements can be monitored.

Under the terms of her confinement, she will be allowed to leave her compound for up to 48 hours a week for her job, including working on her version of the hit reality TV show "The Apprentice" and continuing her role as creative talent for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She also will star in a revival of her homemaking show, and her company will resume paying her $900,000-a-year salary.

In the process, Stewart hopes to turn around the fortunes of a company that produces everything from television shows and magazines to bed sheets and bakeware. In 2004, the company suffered a loss and its revenues sagged, but the stock price rose considerably during her prison stint as investors bet on a Martha comeback.

During her time at the federal women's camp in Alderson, Stewart kept with her lemonade-from-lemons attitude and sought to imprint her style on the prison.

She foraged for dandelions and other wild greens, concocted recipes in a microwave and even ate from a vending machine. She also participated in nightly yoga classes, spent time on crafts and writing and lost weight.

Stewart even took on inmate rights, saying her fellow prisoners risked falling into a "severe depression" because of false hopes raised by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down federal sentencing guidelines. Her own sentence, however, was ruled "reasonable" in light of that ruling.

Stewart's release came one day shy of the one-year anniversary of her conviction in New York on charges stemming from her 2001 sale of nearly 4,000 shares of the biotechnology company ImClone Systems, run by her longtime friend Sam Waksal.

Prosecutors claimed Stewart received a tip that Waksal was unloading his shares ahead of a negative government report about an ImClone cancer drug. The stock tumbled in the following days, and Stewart saved $51,000 on the sale.

Stewart's lawyers argued the sale was based on a prearranged agreement with her stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, to sell once the stock dropped to $60 per share.

Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government. Bacanovic is currently serving a five-month federal sentence for his role in the stock deal. Waksal was convicted on a separate charge of insider trading.

The case came in the midst of a federal crackdown on corporate corruption, and Stewart is one of the most prominent figures to serve time in the wave of scandals.

Rebuffed twice in her attempts to obtain new trials, Stewart opted to enter prison early rather remain free pending her appeal.

"I must reclaim my good life," she said in September, lamenting that she would miss her beloved pets but looking forward to being free in time for her cherished spring gardening.

Stewart slipped into the minimum security women's camp in the early hours of Oct. 8. By contrast, her company made sure the media had an opportunity to photograph her at the airport before Friday's flight homeward.

Since she has already served her time, her lawyers say her appeal is mostly about clearing her name. An appeal hearing is scheduled for March 17 in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

mortal
03-04-2005, 03:47 PM
I could care less.

doc
03-04-2005, 04:45 PM
She is SO full of shit.

And now she gets a reality TV show. It's not hard to see why the rest of the world laughs at America.

mortal
03-04-2005, 04:57 PM
What a joke. I just hope her new show makes her look like the power bitch she is.

Doc

I couldn't agree with you more. They watch mtv and think that represents what we are all about. I hate that channel. If I want to see a hot girl I'll throw on a porno.

Firbolg
03-04-2005, 08:52 PM
What's really annoying is that she apparently.. "saw her fortune triple to a billion dollars while she spent five months in prison"

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1173230,00.html


Thats some interest rate she must be earning! ;)

Steve
03-05-2005, 12:41 AM
Don't why they said that in the article. Martha Stewart was worth well over a billion dollars years ago, had all that money before the stock scandal ever started.
Her New Reality Show will probalby suck and if no watches it, the show will be canceled like so many other shows like it have. Women love Martha, can't understand why they like Oprah too. I hate both of them.

Firbolg
03-05-2005, 01:07 AM
I'm hoping her new reality show will involve prison lesbians and be based on her experiences inside.. ;)

Steve
03-05-2005, 01:41 AM
I'm hoping her new reality show will involve prison lesbians and be based on her experiences inside.. ;)


I doubt the real "prison lesbians" look anything like the porno in your head.

Firbolg
03-05-2005, 02:01 AM
I doubt the real "prison lesbians" look anything like the porno in your head.

Of course but 'real' reality shows always hire hot babes.. why else would anyone watch them? Surely not for their ability to eat bugs or whatever they usually do on those programs.. ;)

LeiYunFat
03-05-2005, 03:21 AM
They watch mtv and think that represents what we are all about. I hate that channel. If I want to see a hot girl I'll throw on a porno.

What you said.

shaolinstylee
03-05-2005, 04:42 AM
Um, either way... I'd love a piece of that....




















bank account you sickos.

onefocus
03-05-2005, 05:23 AM
word on the street is, she's about to release the martha stewart shank collection.

LeiYunFat
03-05-2005, 06:22 AM
Nice avatar, steve.

Steve
03-05-2005, 08:09 AM
Nice avatar, steve.


Thanks, wish I could find a Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon to make an animated gif.

Steve
03-05-2005, 09:47 AM
Thanks, wish I could find a Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon to make an animated gif.
LOL Figured out how to make a animated GIF, How's this one?

onesp1ng
03-05-2005, 11:37 AM
Steve, yes, this one's much more tasteful. Congrates to Steve!!

Ok, now drink up everyone...!!!

g

shaolinstylee
03-05-2005, 05:21 PM
Nice avi bro...

onefocus
03-05-2005, 06:11 PM
it is sweet, how do you do that?

peace


onefocus

Steve
03-06-2005, 06:47 AM
it is sweet, how do you do that?

peace


onefocus


I made it, hard to explain. I knew how to make animated GIFS in the past, but I have a new way now. Not that hard to do, just link a bunch of pictures together to make like a mini movie file. You want me to make you one? Email me some pictures, like jpg or gifs, maybe 6 or 8 and/or give me an idea what you want and I can put them together for you into a cool avatar.

doc
03-06-2005, 08:11 AM
Use Fireworks. It's easy. But, if there are too many large file size animated avatars, I'll have to shut that down. Problem is, if the file size is large, then the download is horrible. You don't notice it on broadband connections, but it will destroy people on dial up. To the point where they won't be able to participate in the forum.

The download is bad enough as it is, with this complicated forum. I worried about what I've already burdened the site with.

Fa Hui
03-07-2005, 04:12 AM
Lei, what the hell are you doing to get these warnings?

I mean you think you would learn from your mistakes....

daodejing
03-07-2005, 06:31 PM
God help us all. At least Martha can't run for political office with a felony conviction............ right?

Firbolg
03-07-2005, 06:40 PM
God help us all. At least Martha can't run for political office with a felony conviction............ right?

But she could of course 'buy' someone in political office.. one way or another.. ;)

zachsan
03-07-2005, 07:15 PM
you're just jaded, cynical mother****ers.

LeiYunFat
03-08-2005, 12:17 AM
Lei, what the hell are you doing to get these warnings?

I mean you think you would learn from your mistakes....

Satan keeps making up rules to get me. I think it's just cause he wants my thieving prowess in hell.

Only 6 more to go!

Steve
03-08-2005, 06:54 AM
Use Fireworks. It's easy. But, if there are too many large file size animated avatars, I'll have to shut that down. Problem is, if the file size is large, then the download is horrible. You don't notice it on broadband connections, but it will destroy people on dial up. To the point where they won't be able to participate in the forum.

The download is bad enough as it is, with this complicated forum. I worried about what I've already burdened the site with.
Ok, making the file size smaller.