: Elizabeth Spiers has the letter Martha Stewart sent to friends soliciting notes testifying to her character before her sentencing:
Many people have inquired as to whether they can help by writing to Judge Cedarbaum about my sentence. I am advised by my lawyers that it is appropriate to do so, and that they believe Judge Cedarbaum will conscientiously read everything sent to her. If you would be so kind as to write such a letter, please include your opinion of my character, my work ethic, my integrity and my probity.
And damned fine creampuffs.
Seriously, though, the woman has been punished enough. Sentence her to fine and community service and let’s be done with it.