The way she's getting into the building is a far cry from red-carpet treatment. One possible entrance is via a tunnel connecting the courthouse to a sprawling jail next door. It would be an unsettling experience for anyone, said Steve Bogira, who wrote "Courtroom 302" about the complex and is one of few reporters to have gone into the bowels of the building.
"It was dark and dank, and deputies said it was not uncommon to see rats down there," Bogira recalled, adding it has been about a decade since he was there. "It would be depressing for anyone. A paint job wouldn't make it less so."
Regardless, Hudson's stealth entrance has been a particular source of frustration to photographers.
More than 100 journalists were accredited to cover the trial, including from web-based TMZ. Their primary goal: to snap a money shot of Hudson arriving or leaving the courthouse.
They staked out the complex in vain, though. After a few days, most packed up and left.
AP special correspondent Linda Deutsch also contributed to this report.
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