QUOTE(BoF @ Dec 11 2004, 04:52 PM)
I have a couple of bones to pick with your post.
First, Martha Stewart must be held accountable for the crime for which she was convicted, lying to the government—nothing more, nothing less. Capone is irrelevant to this issue. To assume Martha has done something worse, is to violate the spirit of justice. I would suggest that a certain conservative Texas Congressman (some of you won’t have to guess to hard to figure out the person I’m writing about) does more illegally and of criminally greater magnitude daily that Martha Stewart has done in her lifetime.
It's not irrelevent at all. Everyone "knew" that Capone had done much more than cheat on his business taxes, but that's all that the Feds could prove against him, and all that he was ever convicted of. By your reconning, to assume Capone had done something worse, after the trial, would also violate the "spirit of justice", no?
Based on testimony provided at her trial, I'd say everyone pretty much knows that she engaged, however petty the amount was, in insider trading. But all the government felt they could prove, was her lying about it.
Second, as the quote below indicates, women are the fastest growing segment of U. S. prison population. As such, first hand experience books by female prisoners may have value beyond financial gain. I do not think you can predetermine the value of Martha’s book. If she writes an honest account of her time behind bars, it might be worth buying and reading. If she writes a volume designed to vindicate herself then it might be, as you say, a ” waste” of money. I don’t think we can make that assertion until the book is actually published.
Ok, point taken. Based on her behavior before, during and after the trial, however, I'd say her book was more likely to be more of the "vindication" type, meant to extract pity from the reading audience, rather than anything intended to be a true insight into the condition of women in prison today. If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to admit it. In my opinion, though, I don't think I'll be making any apologies.