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Stewart gets longer house arrest
Martha Stewart
Stewart's supporters have not deserted her during her time in jail
Jailed US lifestyle guru Martha Stewart will spend another three weeks under house arrest until 31 August.

Stewart spent five months in prison after being found guilty of lying about a stock trade and was released to finish her sentence at home.

Her house arrest, which also required her to wear an electronic ankle bracelet, was due to end on 10 August.

Stewart can only leave her home to go to work - which is limited to 48 hours a week - to church or to the doctor.

No reasons were given for the extension.


Stewart, who had her 64th birthday on Wednesday, has still been working at her Martha Stewart Omnimedia firm, which looks after her successful lifestyle business.

Despite the jail term, Stewart has been picking up new contracts and offers of work.

She has agreed a $2m book deal, will launch new "how-to" DVDs, and is planning to start a daytime TV show, as well as a new home improvement reality show. Time Magazine even named her among its top 100 most influential people in 2005.

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