"After a five-month prison stay in 2004-05 for insider trading" is plagarized or contrived fiction by Kelli Gauthier. It's not truthful reporting of facts, it's a lie with no journalistic integrity, which, apparently, wasn't part of the curriculum at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale for the "bachelor's degree in print journalism."
Martha was involved in no "insider trading." There was no legal adjudication of "insider trading" in a court of law; and Kelli Gauthier is no court of law to pontificate "insider trading." The trumped-up legal basis of the charges had nothing to do with "insider trading" laws. Since she was never charged with "insider trading," it was impossible for her to do a "prison stay" for "insider trading." All of the trumped-up charges against her related to the time period AFTER Martha retained legal representation; and since she made no stock sale AFTER she retained legal representation, it follows logically she could never engage in "insider trading." Further, she was no "insider"; she had no illegal "insider information" under securities laws that have existed for almost 80 years and related legal cases.
In a McCarthy-style witch hunt, Martha was framed by prosecutorial misconduct with trumped-up charges, including the big-time bogus charge with 10 years prison and a $2 million fine that was thrown out in court as completely baseless. If she had competent legal representation, there would have been no "five-month prison stay" and no Martha Stewart case.
Martha made a legal sale of 3,928 shares of almost 8,000,000 ImClone stock traded. This personal stock sale almost a decade ago was nobody's business; she owed no one any explanation; and it is of no relevance to her Chattanooga SHE Expo appearance. Martha has triumphed over evil and moved on with her life in an extraordinary, inspiring fashion. The media need to move on likewise and cease beating a dead horse with lies.
The Martha Stewart case stands as a condemnation of the legal system and a blot on American democracy, mandating a presidential pardon from President Barack Obama.