Martha Stewart's probation officer had told her that unless she heard otherwise, she was free to cut the electronic ankle bracelet off as soon as the month of August ended.
She heard nothing from the probation officer, and so at 12:05 a.m., September 1st, Martha Stewart removed the bracelet.
It was easy enough to cut off. At that point, all monitoring ceased. Soon thereafter, she went to sleep. She was too tired to celebrate.
The cutting off of the ankle bracelet marked the end of the most difficult and shameful period in her life. She was thrilled that the time had finally come when she was rid of the equivalent of a ball and chain. The casting off of the bracelet marked a new beginning for her as well; ...