Chapter 7. Opening Days

Once Martha Stewart was indicted, was a conviction at her trial inevitable?

In retrospect—and everything is always easier to analyze after the fact—it appeared so, even though it was hard to believe she might be found guilty.

After all, she had the best lawyers on her side. She was one of the most famous women in America. Such celebrity surely carried some immunity from a criminal conviction, especially for a minor mistake. The feds could not even charge her with insider trading, the crime she was alleged to have originally committed.

Still, her forthcoming trial should not have been a great surprise. Through her flawed strategies, she had done everything she could do to bring about the trial. Now the only question was: ...

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