C’mon! I am not a big fan of Martha Stewart. I believe that she had inside knowledge when she made her trades. I also believe she should have had a longer sentence. But that is beside the point here. According to the conditions of her release to house arrest, she is allowed to be away from the house for her job. She asked her probation officer for permission to attend a dinner celebrating Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” issue. The permission was granted, and she attended. But now they are second guessing themselves as to whether permission should have been granted. She should not be punished for something that she was given permission to do. If permission was incorrectly given, the probation officer who gave her the permission is the one who should be punished. This would be a like parent giving a child permission to eat a cookie, and then afterward punishing the child for eating the cookie. This is NOT justice!