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Five months in jail for Stewart

Celebrity lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has been sentenced to five months in jail by a New York courtroom over charges of conspiracy and obstruction.

The US trendsetter was convicted in March for lying about a stock sale during a government investigation.

She was given two years supervised release, during which time she will have to wear a monitoring bracelet

Martha Stewart appears in Court

The domestic style setter is facing federal obstruction of justice charges, related to an investigation of her December 2001 sale of almost 4,000 shares of biotech firm ImClone Systems before bad news about one of its key drugs was revealed to the public. Stewart and her attorneys have denied any wrongdoing in the case.

Stewart, whose June 4 arraignment in court was a media circus, is heading into court for what is known as a status conference, in which lawyers on the two sides of the case can raise issues before the judge and discuss a schedule