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STEWART'S REQUEST TO END HOUSE ARREST IS DENIED

A federal judge Monday rejected Martha Stewart's bid to end her five months of house arrest early, calling her sentence "reasonable and appropriate."

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum said she was not persuaded by Stewart's claim that the punishment was hurting her business.

Stewart began her five months of house arrest in early March after serving a five-month prison term in West Virginia. She was convicted last year of lying about her sale of stock in a pharmaceutical company.

The judge also brushed aside Stewart's bid to be allowed to leave her suburban estate 80 hours per week for business. Under the original sentence, she is allowed 48 hours per week.

Stewart asked for resentencing after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year made federal sentencing guidelines advisory for judges rather than mandatory.

The original sentence of five months in prison and five months of home confinement was the least possible sentence Stewart could have received.

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