[FoRK] You all be idiots
owen at permafrost.net
Fri Oct 15 19:19:36 PDT 2004
Sending money to someone worth 300+ million, working on a $5 million
book deal. Get a grip. And don't buy the book!
Even though she shouldn't really be there.
> Martha: No more money, please!
> Imprisoned lifestyle maven sends message to supporters, says Camp
> Cupcake is 'fine.'
> October 15, 2004: 6:13 PM EDT
> By Krysten Crawford, CNN/Money staff writer
> *NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - With one week down and many more to go, Martha
> Stewart wrote an open letter to fans from prison that was posted
> Friday on her personal Web site. *
> In the five-paragraph missive, Stewart described life at the federal
> prison for women as "pretty much what I anticipated." She said she was
> doing fine and that everyone she has met, from prison officials to
> fellow inmates, was "nice."
> "I have adjusted and am very busy," wrote Stewart in a posting on
> www.marthatalks.com. "The camp is like an old-fashioned college campus
> -- without the freedom, of course."
> But Stewart also beseeched supporters, who she said have sent hundreds
> of letters in the past week, to stop including gifts and money.
> Instead, she asked gift-givers to make donations to their favorite
> charities or organizations.
> "Please know that while these gestures of friendship and support are
> deeply appreciated, any such items must be returned to the sender by
> prison officials," she wrote.
> In March 2004, when last estimated by /Forbes/, Stewart's net worth
> was around $335 million.
> Prison officials open all incoming mail.
> Federal prison rules generally allow outsiders to send unlimited
> letters, money orders, magazines and other periodicals, according to
> David Novak, who spent time in jail for fraud before becoming a prison
> consultant. Inmates are barred from getting flowers, food, personal
> items, "sexually explicit photographs," or Polaroid pictures.
> In a book about life behind bars, Novak said the hardest time for
> inmates is during the Thanksgiving-to-New-Year's-Day holiday period,
> when no exceptions are made to the gift ban. Prisoners can receive
> visitors on those days and they can send flowers, however.
> Stewart, like all federal prisoners, is allowed to spend a maximum of
> $290 a month at the prison commissary. It's basically a mini-mart that
> sells snacks, stamps, and some toiletries.
> All inmate money is kept in separate "commissary accounts," according
> to Novak. Stewart will be allowed to take any leftover funds with her
> when she is released in March.
> Stewart, 63, began serving Oct. 8 a five-month prison sentence at a
> minimum security camp for women located in Alderson, West Virginia.
> Stewart, along with her former stock broker, was convicted earlier
> this year of lying to government investigators during an insider
> trading probe into some of her personal stock sales.
> Although Stewart was allowed to stay out of jail while appealing her
> conviction, she chose to serve her time now rather than wait the year
> or two it would take for an appeals court to rule on her case.
> Stewart is still pursuing an appeal.
> Friday's message was not the only word on Stewart in the past week.
> Agents for Stewart were reportedly shopping a book deal on her time
> behind bars, which industry watchers said could fetch $5 million.
> Stewart promised followers that more Web site postings would follow,
> though she did not specify what their frequency would be. Top of page
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