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Martha Stewart


I’m not a fan of the prosecution so far, but I think some of her defenders on the Right are coming close to echoing the “cover up without a crime” defense that Clinton apologists used in 1998. Whether the law about lying to investigators should be changed is worth discussing. But if the allegation that she lied to investigators proves true—and the conduct of the media prosecution thus far does not give me confidence that it will—she should pay the legal consequences commensurate with her offense. I hope that she will suffer no additional punishments designed to settle cultural scores or to soothe prosecutorial egos.


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