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The Tally Ho

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Martha vs. Nelson

My godbrother just sent me this article, and I couldn't resist the temptation to post it. Fred McKissack from the Wisconsin State Journal wrote this article, titled Martha Puts Herself in Good Company.
On contemplating five months in a minimum security prison, fallen diva Martha Stewart told ABC media maven Barbara Walters last week: "I'm a really good camper. I can sleep on the ground. There are many, many good people who have gone to prison. Look at Nelson Mandela."

McKissack discusses some comparisions:
Words of action

Mandela: "Unite! Mobilise! Fight on! Between the anvil of united mass action and the hammer of armed struggle we shall crush apartheid!"

Stewart: "It's a good thing."

Criminal justice

Nelson Mandela

He was arrested in 1962, when the CIA tipped off South African police that Mandela was fund raising abroad. He was sentenced to five years.

In 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in planning an armed action, which he admitted to, and for conspiracy to help other countries invade South Africa, which he denied.

Upon his arrival at Robben Prison, "the warden in charge warned him bluntly that unless he started obeying, he might quite simply be killed and that no one on the mainland would ever be the wiser," according to Time magazine. "Whereupon Mandela quietly retorted, 'If you so much as lay a hand on me, I will take you to the highest court in the land, and when I finish with you, you will be as poor as a church mouse.'" The warden backed off.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison, and was released, due to international pressure, in February 1990. Apartheid crumbled, Mandela moved from the presidency of the ANC to become the first black president of South Africa. He's now an outspoken leader in the fight against AIDS and for universal human rights.

Martha Stewart

In 2002, Stewart was under investigation for alleged insider trading for selling shares of ImClone Systems based on insider knowledge that the FDA would not be reviewing ImClone's cancer drug Erbitux.

On March 5, 2004, Stewart, the most serious charges having been dropped in February, was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and two counts of making a false statement.

Last week she was sentenced to five months in prison in a federal minimum-security prison and five months home detention, presumably on her estate in Connecticut. Stewart has said in recent interviews that she will survive her ordeal and will return.

There is more, but it made me laugh - even if it doesn't make you laugh.


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