Martha Stewart sentencing appeal ruling [US DC]

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United States v. Stewart, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, April 11, 2005 [ruling denying an appeal by Stewart to modify or change her sentence. The appeal would have led to an early release from house arrest]. Excerpt:
Defendant Stewart should not be treated differently from any other person convicted of the crimes of which she was convicted. The sentence I imposed was the minimum under the Sentencing Guidelines. I considered it appropriate under all of the factors set out in 18 U.S.C. s. 3553(a). In my opinion, the sentence I imposed was particularly needed to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote respect for the law and to provide just punishment. Although the Guidelines are no longer mandatory, I see no reason to modify the sentence.
Read the full text of the memorandum order here [PDF]. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.

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