Judge Refuses to Shorten Martha Stewart Sentence

13 April 2005

Disgraced US style queen Martha Stewart must bow to the law and endure her full five months of house arrest.

The fount of all homemaking knowledge had hoped the term of her sentence would be cut on appeal, arguing that federal sentence guidelines have been ruled advisory rather than mandatory.

However, Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who imposed the original five month jail term followed by an equal period of home confinement, says she would not have changed a thing.

Rejecting Stewart's appeal, she writes: "I am satisfied that the sentence in this case was reasonable and appropriate even if not mandated by the guidelines. Defendant Stewart should not be treated differently from any other person convicted of the crimes of which she was convicted."

The gracious living guru, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, was convicted last year with her former broker, Peter Bacanovic, of lying to federal investigators over share dealings.

Having left prison in March, Stewart must wear a security tag and is confined to her forty-acre ranch outside New York for all but 48 hours a week. She devotes her 'free' time to business interests.

She will continue to appeal against her conviction.

Data sourced from Wall Street Journal Online; additional content by WARC staff