Friday, June 06, 2003

I thought of today's date when I woke up. Something very significant happened on this day in the middle of the 20th century.

Blast from the past with the MArtha Stewart indictment. Extremely hardcore readers will remember that I defended Martha on these pages way back when I started this thingum. Not having seen any new evidence, my opinion on that hasn't changed any. But John Ashcroft sure knows how to crank up the outrageousness factor by charging her with declaring her innocence. (link via Hesiod)

MORE: Here's the Rittenhouse Review post where I got my info.

UPDATE: Oh. Good. Lord. Reading that AP release more closely, it says toward the end that Stewart's criminal indictment does not include insider trading. Yes, you read that right - it's too hard for the DOJ to prove that Martha Stewart had any material knowledge about Erbitux getting flushed by the FDA, so that'll be part of a civil action. In other words, the Ashcroft Department is charging Martha Stewart with a crime for declaring her innocence with respect to her ImClone trade, while she isn't being charged with a crime for the actual ImClone trade.

Yeah. I don't quite get the logic either.

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