There’s little pity for Martha Stewart

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Martha Stewart’s five-month prison sentence. Some responses:

“MARTHA STEWART’S SENTENCE is appropriate I feel, if she fully completes it, which I doubt that she will do. Jail time absolutely had to be a part of the sentence; otherwise, the court would be sending the message: ‘Jail will not be a part of the penalty for perjury — if one is wealthy.’”
— Harold Burris, Clovis

“I DON’T REALLY know what to think of her sentence. She got the minimum jail/probation times while getting the maximum amount she could be fined. Admittedly the dollar amount is small when compared to her net worth and the five months sentence is nothing more than an off-season for her TV show.

“Was it worth the effort and financial cost to bring her to trial, especially over an amount that for her is nothing, when all she may end up getting is a slap on the wrist? No. Does the sentence fit the crime? No.

“It must be nice to end up being a convicted felon, convicted to jail time, house arrest and probation, then see your net worth actually increase as a result. As Don King would say, ‘Only in America.’”
— David Burke, Clovis

“IF SHE WAS guilty of a violation of the law, she should have been punished. Not just a slap on the wrist. Under the same circumstances, 95 percent of the people with the information that she had would have done the same thing.”
— Mac McDonald, Clovis

“HER SENTENCE IS too easy for someone who was caught manipulating stocks. Plus they should have pulled all of her programs off the air as soon as she was convicted of a felony. She should have gotten a year at least, plus the house arrest. If this happened to you or me, we would have gotten at least five years only because we are ordinary citizens…not celebrities.”
— Gerald Majewski, Clovis

“I WONDER WHAT sentence a normal person would have gotten for cheating other people. She had inside information and chose to break the law in order to make more money. The regular person doesn’t get that help and suffers through a loss or gain on their own knowledge.”
— Ardyth Elms, Clovis

“I AGREE WITH the editorial in (Monday’s) CNJ — that Martha Stewart should not do prison time.”
— Bill Gaedke, Clovis

“SHE SHOULD HAVE gotten the maximum sentence. What she received was a slap on the hand.”
— Charles Hemphill, Clovis