Right on, Rant.
If this would have been anyone
else, it would never have made it to court. Personally, I couldn't give a flying rat's behind one way or
another about Martha. I hear she's a real b*tch, but that's nothing to me. What I do
see is yet another media frenzy to crucify a star
simply because there was the opportunity to do so. Were I in her shoes, I would've probably done the exact same thing. That's how the stock
Think about this people. Say you own a million bucks worth of Q-clone
stock. I give you a call and say "Hey, it's me, Q. My stock's getting
ready to tank in a major way--I've already sold mine, if that tells you anything. I suggest you do the same!"
What do you do? What do
you do? Sure, you can ignore the fact that you know
for a fact that you're going to lose your arse, and hold
on to the stock while it slides into the gutter faster than a liquored-up bum's urine. Or
, you do what any sane individual would and get rid
of the stuff like it was a ball of plutonium--drop it fast, and get away faster! Thus preventing yourself from losing your million bucks.
That's how the market works. I don't want to hear any more whining about how insider tips give someone an unfair advantage in stock trading. Wall
Street is not
a charity! Fortunes are made, and lost, by the quality of information you have on your holdings. If you don't know enough
about your stocks to keep from losing your arse, then you deserve to for gambling in a game you know nothing about. Even if you know what you're
doing, there is always the chance that's what's going to happen anyway. Why do you think there were so many people practicing their swan dives off
skyscrapers back in '32?
As for her lying about it, I would see that as the only crime involved. Personally, I think she got bad legal advice on what to say and what not to.
You'd think with all that money, she'd be able to get better representation. Something besides "Lie to them!" would have been keen.
Anyway, what little time she does get (I'm guessing 2 years, with shock probation after 6~8 months--any takers?) will be spent in a relatively cushy,
minimum security spread. Of course, we all know she's going to have the homiest cell on the block!