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Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an author, editor, and a homemaking advocate. Over the last two decades Stewart has held a prominent position in the American publishing industry. She was the author of several books, hundreds of articles on the domestic arts, editor of a national homekeeping magazine, host for two popular daytime television programs, and commercial spokeswoman for K-Mart (Wikipedia). At the height of her career, Stewart’s success came to an abrupt hault as she encountered many hardships that were responsible for her undesireable reputation and diminished trust in the business world.
In December 2001 Stewart held 3,928 shares in ImClone, a New York-based biotech firm. On the morning of December 27, Aliza Waksal, the daughter of the firm's CEO, Sam Waksal, told Douglas Faneuil, the assistant to Stewart’s Merrill Lynch broker, Peter Bacanovic, to sell the ImClone shares in her account. Soon after, Sam Waksal's accountant tried to sell Sam's shares as well. Faneuil told Bacanovic about the Waksals' desire to sell, and Bacanovic quickly called Stewart, leaving a message that ImClone's stock was going to start trading downward. Stewart sold her ImClone shares on the afternoon of the 27th. The following day, December 28th, The Food and Drug Administration reported publicly that ImClone’s promising cancer drug Erbitux was not going to be approved. After the announcement, ImClone’s stock fell sharply and Martha Stewart saved around $45,000 by selling early (Henwood). The issue that challenged the court was whether Martha Stewart should be found guilty as a result of her actions on counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, securities fraud and making false statements? The court’s decided that Martha was in fact guilty of these counts. On March 5th, 2004, A New York jury convicted Martha Stewart on four counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice,…...

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