A jury is currently deciding the fate of SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Michael Steinberg, and his wife sought during the insider-trading trial to ensure they weren't prejudiced against her millionaire husband.
Before the trial began last month, Liz Steinberg sent an e-mail to friends and supporters, asking them to tone things down if they planned to be in court, the New York Post reports.
"Dress conservatively," she wrote on Nov. 15. "We request that women wear no jewelry or furs, and no designer scarves, handbags, etc." Liz Steinberg served as a model of how not to appear wealthy, with the Post calling her "noticeably dressed down" and "subdued in appearance" during the four-week trial in Manhattan federal court.
Steinberg is accused of illegally trading technology shares and faces decades in prison if he is convicted. To date, prosecutors have an unbroken track record during the recent crackdown on insider trading.
Liz Steinberg, her parents and Steinberg's parents were in court every day. Former Exis Capital chief operating officer Andy Heller and his brother, Sandy, an art adviser to SAC founder Steven Cohen, also attended.
The jury began deliberating yesterday.