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Martha: Ankle Bracelet Uncomfortable

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As if home confinement wasn't bad enough, Martha Stewart says the electronic monitoring device she wears around her ankle chafes, too.

Stewart told fans in an online chat Monday night that the rigid plastic bracelet _ which she can't remove for even a minute until her home detention is over in August _ is uncomfortable and gets in the way of exercise.

"I wish it were removable, but it is not," she wrote in her chat.

Stewart, 63, touched on a number of subjects in her chat, which took place from her home in Bedford, N.Y. She recalled missing her pets during her five-month stint in a West Virginia prison, along with fresh lemons. She also said thousands had applied to be on her version of "The Apprentice" airing in the fall.

Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about her 2001 sale of nearly 4,000 shares of the biotechnology company ImClone Systems Inc., run by her longtime friend Sam Waksal.

She was freed from prison March 4.

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Maven Martha Movie On The Way

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Martha Stewart, now serving five months of house arrest, will be coming into your living room in a new CBS movie, based on the last six years of her life.

Stewart was convicted in March 2004 of lying to the government about why she sold nearly 4,000 shares of ImClone Systems Inc. stock the day before a negative government ruling about an ImClone cancer drug. She was released from a federal women's prison in Alderson, W.Va., on March 4, after serving a five-month sentence. The 63-year-old celebrity homemaker is now serving the second half of her sentence at her Westchester County estate.

Shooting will begin March 28 in Toronto, executive producer Tom Patricia told The Associated Press Thursday. The CBS film will draw from news in the public domain and trial records. "The story begins the day her company (Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) goes public and it ends the day she's released from prison," Patricia told the AP.

Cybill Shepherd starred in NBC's 2003 film, "Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart." Though the Los Angles Times has reported that Shepherd also may play the role for CBS, Patricia said casting hasn't been completed.

"Ours deals with what I'd call the second act," he said. "Our opinion is that it is probably one of the most memorable comeback stories ever."

A spokesperson for Stewart declined comment Friday. Production for a TV movie generally takes four to five weeks, which sets up the film well for May "ratings" sweeps.

Stewart is scheduled to work on two TV programs, a revival of her daily homemaking show and her own version of "The Apprentice."

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Prosecutors Slam Martha

By Sarah Hall

If the prosecutors who sent Martha Stewart to jail last year get their way, the domestic diva is going to have to contend with the chafing of her electronic tether for several months to come. Stewart, 63, who last month completed five months behind bars and is currently serving five months under house arrest for lying about a stock sale, recently requested a lesser penalty from U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in light of a January Supreme Court ruling that found federal sentencing guidelines are not mandatory but advisory.

Under that ruling, if she so desires, Cederbaum has the power to free the homemaking maven from the annoyance of her ankle bracelet and the confines of her farmhouse in Bedford, New York.

Stewart has pushed for a reduced sentence, arguing that the 48 hours a week she is allotted to work, grocery shop, go to the doctor and attend religious services simply isn't enough time to head up Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. The company's stock has dropped since its leader began her home confinement last month.

Stewart reportedly also wants more time to work on her best Donald Trump impression for her upcoming Apprentice spinoff. She's also set to begin work on a new lifestyles-based show. However, according to the prosecutors in her case, Stewart's original sentence was both "appropriate" and "lenient," and they're eager for the judge to uphold it.

In a six-page letter dashed off to Cederbaum, federal prosecutors ridiculed Stewart's stated reasons as to why her sentence should be lightened. For example, the Living guru's claims that her electronic tether bracelet makes it impossible to be filmed outside on the grounds of her farm for her two upcoming television series or to wear skirts and dresses for her small-screen appearances didn't hold much weight with prosecutors--even when backed by reality mogul Mark Burnett, who also requested that the tether be removed.

"Minor inconvenience to one's ability to star in a television show is an insufficient ground for resentencing," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Schachter stated in the straight-shooting missive to Cederbaum. "Reducing Stewart's sentence at this point, because she wants to star in a television series...will send exactly the wrong message to the public--that the wealthy and famous are treated differently than regular citizens," Schachter wrote.

Prosecutors also said that Stewart has "shown no remorse" since her conviction last year. Stewart is expected to file a formal response to the prosecutors' slams on Monday or Tuesday. It's not clear when Cederbaum will rule on Stewart's sentencing request. Stewart's attorneys have requested a hearing on the matter.

Meanwhile, Stewart has resumed work at the magazine that bears her name with a recent column extolling the virtues of eggs.

It sounds like someone is back to the business of good things.

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Thanks here too Jem (seems like I am thanking you everywhere today!)' date='

Martha Martha Martha ... why can't they just leave her alone and pick on a "real" criminal?[/quote'] :shock: I was saying that in my head as I posted. Martha Martha Martha.

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Judge Nixes Stewart's Bid for New Sentence

NEW YORK - A federal judge Monday rejected Martha Stewart's bid to end her five months of house arrest early, calling her sentence "reasonable and appropriate." Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum said she was not persuaded by Stewart's claim that the punishment was hurting her business. "I see no reason to modify the sentence," the judge said.

Stewart began her five months of house arrest in early March after serving a five-month prison term in West Virginia. She was convicted last year of lying about a personal stock sale. Shares of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. fell 10 cents to $20.45 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange. They have traded as high as $37.45 and as low as $8.25 over the past year.

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