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2/26/2004

Martha Stewart’s defense rests

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Martha Stewart’s lawyers rested their case Wednesday without putting the defendant on the stand, calling a single witness during a defense that lasted less than an hour.
The judge excused jurors for the week and scheduled closing arguments for Monday and Tuesday, with deliberations to begin Wednesday.
The lone defense witness was Steven Pearl, a lawyer who testified about notes he took during a February 2002 interview in which the government claims Stewart told a series of lies about the day she sold her stock in ImClone Systems.