Martha Stewart

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Her lawyer says Martha Stewart is considering starting her prison sentence while still appealing her conviction.

Stewart was sentenced July 16 to five months in prison and five months of home detention after being convicted of lying to investigators about a stock sale. She has won a stay of the sentence while appealing the conviction.

Her lawyer tells ABC, Stewart is "willing to think about this because of the company." Walter Dellinger had told The Associated Press that any decision to start the prison term early would be so Stewart could get back to work as soon as possible.

She resigned as CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia but still holds the title of founding editorial director.

Dellinger says Stewart has strong grounds for appeal and wants to "go ahead vigorously because she wants to clear her name."

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