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Judge rejects Stewart’s bid for new trial

July 9, 2004

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— A federal judge on Thursday denied Martha Stewart's latest request for a new trial based on allegations that a government ink expert lied on the witness stand.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum said there was "no reasonable likelihood that this perjury could have affected the jury's verdict."

The judge said "overwhelming independent evidence" supports the jury's guilty verdict.

The decision paved the way for the celebrity homemaker to be sentenced next week for lying about a 2001 stock sale. Stewart and her former stockbroker are each expected to get 10 to 16 months in prison.

Stewart's lawyer, Robert Morvillo, said he was "very disappointed" by the decision and planned to raise that and other issues in an appeal.

There was no immediate comment from prosecutors.

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