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Martha Stewart pleads not guilty. Jury selection begins, with opening statements likely to come next week in the domestic diva's securities fraud trial

Martha Stewart | DOMESTIC DISPUTE Stewart arrives at court on Tuesday
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DOMESTIC DISPUTE Stewart arrives at court on Tuesday

One of the handful of Martha Stewart supporters who braved the cold to greet her as she entered a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday wore a chef's hat and an apron that, according to Reuters, bore the slogan, ''She didn't do the crime, but she sure can do the thyme!'' Inside, Stewart herself put it more succinctly, answering, ''not guilty'' as each of five federal charges against her was read. Stewart remained in court all day as jury selection began; opening statements in her securities fraud trial are expected next week, Reuters reports.

Stewart is accused of lying to investigators and obstructing justice in the probe of her December 2001 sale of her holdings in ImClone, the biotech firm run by Stewart pal Sam Waksal, a day before the stock price plummeted on news that the company's new cancer drug had failed to earn federal approval. The 62-year-old faces a total of 30 years behind bars and $2 million in fines if convicted on all counts.

Originally posted Jan 21, 2004