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Stewart case ink expert enters not guilty plea

NEW YORK -- A Secret Service ink expert pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he lied repeatedly while testifying for the prosecution at the Martha Stewart trial.

The perjury charges are the basis for new-trial motions filed last week by Martha Stewart and former stockbroker Peter Bacanovic, who were convicted in March of lying about a stock sale.

The plea by ink expert Larry Stewart came in a brief hearing in federal court. His trial was set for Sept. 20.

Larry Stewart, who is not related to Martha Stewart, testified that multiple inks were used on a worksheet prepared by Bacanovic that reflected holdings in Martha Stewart's portfolio -- including ImClone Systems Inc., the stock at the heart of the case.

Prosecutors say Larry Stewart falsely claimed he performed ink tests on the worksheet when a subordinate had actually done the work.

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