A federal judge has rejected lifestyle guru Martha Stewart's bid to end her house arrest early, in a New York court today (11APR05).

The matriarch was released from a West Virginia prison last month (04MAR05), where she had spent five months, following her conviction of lying about a suspicious stock sale.

Since her release from jail, Stewart has been confined to her Katonah, New York home for another five months and has to wear an electronic bracelet. She is only allowed to spend a maximum of 48 hours away from her home, and overnight stays are barred.

Last week (ends08APR05) Stewart's lawyers appealed to Judge MIRIAM GOLDMAN CEDARBAUM to reduce the house arrest, claiming it's affecting the cookery queen from looking after her business interests adequately.

Today, Goldman Cedarbaum said Stewart's sentence was "reasonable and appropriate" and "I see no reason to modify the sentence".

11/04/2005 21:39