Pictures Of My Morning With Raj Rajaratnam

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I arrived at the U.S District courthouse in downtown Manhattan at 8 am this morning, read for the Raj show to begin.

My company? About 15 male photographers, cameramen and reporters with microphones in hand…

Raj's trial is taking place at the United States District Court in Manhattan, named after former Senator Patrick Moynihan

You might recognise those doors... Bernie Madoff and Martha Stewart were both put on trial here.

Photographers and cameramen were in place early to make sure they didn't miss Raj's grand entrance

Media trucks with satellite dishes were parked all along Worth Street...

There was anxiety about whether Raj might go through the front entrance, not the Worth Street entrance where we were all camped. But all we could do was wait.

Lawyer types began their arrivals at about 8.30 am...

A lawyer... or a journalist?

Most wheeling little suitcases, presumably filled with papers and documents: no laptops or electronics are allowed in the courtroom

Some were dragging along boxes like these

This woman was pushing a trolley filled with papers that the government will be using to prosecute Raj

One of the trolleys had government documents relating to ex-McKinsey employee Anil Kumar, bundled into a specific folder. They say he'll be the first to testify.

Files galore!

At about 8.45 they decided to put up some barricades, but there wasn't much need... It wasn't a media circus like the Madoff trial

At one point a rumour started that Raj was going through the front!!! Everyone sprinted toward Pearl St, but it was a false alarm. These photographers are taking a break after the dash...

And then it was time!! After an earlier drive-by, Raj's chauffeured SUV pulled up outside the courthouse.

Raj was riding in the front seat...

He was immediately surrounded by a throng of cameramen and all I could see was a yellow jacket, but I weasled my way inside the crowd and there he was!

Right in front of my face.... Walking slowly, very calm and chilled out, wearing a blue patterned tie and crisp white shirt.

And then off he walked into the courthouse to go through security

And I rushed in after, and it was Raj and I (ok, maybe one or two others) in line for security. He smiled; I gawked. I think I remembered to smile back. He went through first, and then off he walked down a marbled hall and out of my sight...

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