Yahoo! has an article about an interview with Martha Stewart that is running in Vanity Fair. I have to take issue with some things that Martha said.
Martha Stewart says in a new interview that her nickname in prison was M. Diddy, that house arrest is “hideous” and that her prosecution was about bringing her down “to scare other people.”
In the interview, Stewart tells Vanity Fair magazine she agrees with those who say her crime â€” lying about a personal stock sale â€” is far different from massive corporate scandals such as Enron, WorldCom and Tyco.
“Of course that is what it’s all about,” Vanity Fair quotes Stewart as saying. “Bring ’em down a notch, to scare other people. If Martha can be sent to jail, think hard before you sell that stock.”
I most certainly agree that her crime was different than others and not of the same magnitude as others, but that doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t be punished. She knew what she was doing and she did so for relatively little money for a person of her wealth.
I don’t feel badly for this. If you break the law you must be prepared for the consequences of your actions.