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Martha: On Trial, in Jail, and on a Comeback by Robert Slater

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Chapter 9. With Friends Like This…

It seemed only fitting that Martha Stewart's fate at her trial should be determined to a certain degree by two women, both of whom were part of her inner circle. One portrayed Stewart as an executive so desperate that she tried to destroy evidence. The second relayed to the jury a Stewart quote so damaging that it was hard to imagine it had come from a Stewart friend.

The first witness, Martha Stewart's secretary, Ann Armstrong, bore a nervous smile and a haunted look, according to one writer at the trial.

Elizabeth Koch described her as a "dumpy woman in her mid forties with a wispy, dark brown bob and pasty skin. She waves her hands around as if shooing gnats. She giggles and rolls her eyes; lobbing her head ...

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