Leaving the courthouse after the meeting, Ms. Stewart thanked “my readers, my viewers and the Internet users.”
“I just want to thank everyone for their support,” she said, according to The Associated Press.
On Friday, a jury of eight women and four men convicted Ms. Stewart, the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, in a federal criminal trial that had attracted intense scrutiny by the news media and the public.
Today’s appearance is the first step leading to formal sentencing by Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum. Probation officials will prepare a report that includes Ms. Stewart’s family background, employment history and any criminal history, as well as draw on interviews of prosecutors and a review of the indictment against her. Using that information and federal sentencing guidelines, the officials will recommend a sentence to the judge.
Ms. Stewart, 62, can probably expect to be sentenced to 10 to 16 months in prison, according to people with expertise in the sentencing process and the federal sentencing guidelines. Ms. Stewart’s co-defendant and former stockbroker, Peter E. Bacanovic, was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, false statements and perjury. He was acquitted of a false-documents charge. Mr. Bacanovic, who faces the same presentencing process, appeared at the courthouse earlier today.