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    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.
    I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
    "Life can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade."
    "I would just like to say that after all these years of heavy drinking, bright lights and late nights, I still don't need glasses. I drink right out of the bottle."
    "Whatever guy said that money don't buy you pleasure didn't know where to go shopping"

  • #2
    I could care less.

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    • #3
      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.
      Experienced Community organizer. Yeah, let's choose him to run the free world. It will be historic. What could possibly go wrong...

      "You're just a jaded cynical mother****er...." Jeffpeg

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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          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...173230,00.html


          Thats some interest rate she must be earning!

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          • #6
            Huh?

            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.
            Last edited by Steve; 03-05-2005, 12:46 AM.
            I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
            "Life can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade."
            "I would just like to say that after all these years of heavy drinking, bright lights and late nights, I still don't need glasses. I drink right out of the bottle."
            "Whatever guy said that money don't buy you pleasure didn't know where to go shopping"

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            • #7
              I'm hoping her new reality show will involve prison lesbians and be based on her experiences inside..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Firbolg
                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.
                I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
                "Life can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade."
                "I would just like to say that after all these years of heavy drinking, bright lights and late nights, I still don't need glasses. I drink right out of the bottle."
                "Whatever guy said that money don't buy you pleasure didn't know where to go shopping"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Steve
                  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..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mortal
                    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.
                    Becoming what I've dreamed about.

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                    • #11
                      Um, either way... I'd love a piece of that....




















                      bank account you sickos.
                      practice wu de

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                      • #12
                        word on the street is, she's about to release the martha stewart shank collection.

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                        • #13
                          Nice avatar, steve.
                          Becoming what I've dreamed about.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LeiYunFat
                            Nice avatar, steve.

                            Thanks, wish I could find a Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon to make an animated gif.
                            I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
                            "Life can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade."
                            "I would just like to say that after all these years of heavy drinking, bright lights and late nights, I still don't need glasses. I drink right out of the bottle."
                            "Whatever guy said that money don't buy you pleasure didn't know where to go shopping"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Steve
                              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?
                              I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
                              "Life can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade."
                              "I would just like to say that after all these years of heavy drinking, bright lights and late nights, I still don't need glasses. I drink right out of the bottle."
                              "Whatever guy said that money don't buy you pleasure didn't know where to go shopping"

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