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Martha: On Trial, in Jail, and on a Comeback by Robert Slater

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Chapter 6. Forty-One Pages to Chew Over

The legal proceedings against Martha Stewart began to take on an inexorable feel. Nothing that Stewart, or her lawyers or her public relations advisers, tried seemed to be working.

A deal still was possible if Stewart would concede some guilt. Yet, while she permitted the lawyers to talk about the possible terms of a deal, she clung to her profession of innocence. Hoping to keep her out of jail, the attorneys proposed that Stewart admit to guilt on a minor charge.

Stewart's attorneys sat down with Manhattan U.S. Attorney Jim Comey, offering an arrangement whereby Stewart would pay a civil fine and escape prison. The attorneys argued that so little money was involved, a criminal prosecution seemed like ...

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