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Oct
1
2003

Frank’s going to take the stand.
Tell me you’re surprised. John Keker may be the lawyer but this is Frank’s show.
Really, tell me you’re surprised.
It’ll be very interesting to see how the jury reacts to his testimony. Keker’s doing a fine job laying the groundwork. During opening arguments yesterday, he showed a graph of Frank’s email traffic for the day he got the “clean out those files email.” It showed — as it does for anyone with a blackberrry and a head office in New York — more than 200 messages, coming in almost hourly, from just after 7 a.m. to right around 11 that night. The ‘smoking’ email, of course, was just one little message in this flow, late in the day. “When does he sleep?” one East Coast reporter asked. This, of course, was email traffic in December, 2000 — as things were slowing down.
By contrast, the jurors seem like the crowd that treats email as a special kind of communication, not the casual, constant give-and-take that’s so common in Silicon Valley. And, almost to a woman, they said they didn’t use the Internet to get news. Think they know the differences between the Internet and AOL? Probably not.
Money’s the other big difference here. Keker’s trying to immunize Quattrone on this — telling the jury that they’re judging a man not a symbol — but that’s got to be his toughest job. This jury includes secretaries, a nurse, a speech pathologist, a hotel worker and a graphic designer, none of whom are raking in the millions. It’s probably no exaggeration to say that combined, all 12 of the people in the jury box (and the four alternates chosen for back-up) in their lifetimes won’t come near the $200 million that Frank is said to have made in 1999 and 2000.

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