Stewart’s Five Months In Prison Provokes Debate

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Was Martha Stewart's five-month prison term, which includes a five-month house arrest, two years' probation, and a $30,000 fine, too lenient, perhaps evidence that the rich get off more easily? Or was it too tough, given the nature of the crime and the fact she is a first-time offender? The Christian Science Monitor asks these questions, which will be debated for years. Critics of the criminal justice system point to the fat wallets of white-collar felons, who sometimes end up with electronic bracelets around their ankles while they shuffle around their homes in . . .

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