Stewart Urges Teaching Plan Instead of Prison


Martha Stewart has proposed to avoid a prison term by teaching poor women how to start their own businesses, Newsweek reports. Stewart proposed to the Women’s Venture Fund to lead classes for 10 to 20 hours a week for at least a year; she would teach “the art and science of cleaning” while mentoring women in the program, which helps female entrepreneurs. Robert Morvillo, a Stewart attorneys, told the New York Daily News, “Community service is a form of alternative sentencing.” Stewart could be sentenced to 10 to 16 months in prison for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and making false statements. She is to be setenced June 17, although that could be delayed because of perjury charges against a prosecution witness in her case. Stewart brought in sentencing consultant Herb Hoelter to work on the community service plan.


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