May 31, 2004
Martha Stewart Reportedly Seeking Community Service Deal
Westport's Martha Stewart is reportedly seeking to do community service work teaching poor women to start their own businesses, in exchange for a shorter stint behind bars.
Stewart has offered to perform 1,000 hours of community work with Women's Venture Fund, a New York-based non-profit organization, Newsweek magazine reported.
Stewart was convicted March 5 on one charge of conspiracy, one charge of obstruction of justice and two charges of making false statements to investigators.
She has a June 17 sentencing hearing and could face 10 to 16 months in prison.
Women's Venture Fund president Maria Otero is reported to have sent a letter to U.S. Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who presided over Stewart's trial, about the benefits the domestic icon could offer women in the program.
I say, whatever the spurious reasons for her prosecution, please let this decent woman have a chance to avoid jail, and give back via community service.. it makes good decent sense to me...