[FoRK] You all be idiots

Owen Byrne 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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