The Martha Stewart Case

Background and Latest Developments

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart. © Getty Images

In March 2004, a jury found domestic diva Martha Stewart guilty of conspiracy, making false statements and obstruction of agency proceedings stemming from a sale of stock in biotech company ImClone Systems Inc. in December 2001. Stewart, however, was never charged with insider trading, all her charges were related to covering up information concerning the stock trade and obstructing the investigation.

Latest Developments

Martha Stewart Sends Thanksgiving Greetings
Nov 29, 2004
Letter from Camp Cupcake: A letter from Martha Stewart was posted on her personal web site before Thanksgiving, expressing her thanks to her many supporters and to let them know that she is safe, fit, and healthy inside federal prison.

Previous Developments

Martha Stewart Begins Prison Term
Oct. 8, 2004
Martha Stewart apparently slipped past an army of photographers and news reporters at 6:15 a.m. today to begin serving her five-month sentence at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia for lying to federal investigators about a stock sale.

Government Withheld Evidence, Martha Stewart Claims
Oct 7, 2004
Martha Stewart's appeals lawyers have accused federal prosecutors of withholding evidence that "could have led to an acquittal" in her trial on charges of lying to investigators about a stock sale.

Martha Stewart to Serve Time at 'Camp Cupcake'

29, 2004
Martha Stewart will begin serving her five-month prison sentence for lying about a stock sale at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, a minimum-security dubbed by locals as "Camp Cupcake."

Martha Stewart Headed to Prison Oct. 8
Sept. 21. 2004
A federal judge lifted the stay of Martha Stewart's five-month sentence to allow her to begin serving her five months in federal prison October 8 as she requested.

Martha Stewart Asks to Begin Prison Sentence
Sept. 15, 2005
Martha Stewart has asked to begin her five-month prison sentence as soon as possible instead of waiting for the appeals process in order "to put this nightmare behind me."

Martha Stewart Gets Five Months, Plans Appeal
July 16, 2004
Martha Stewart was sentenced by a federal judge to serve five months in prison, but the domestic diva will not have to attempt living graciously behind bars anytime soon.