In a calm voice, Kirsch replies to the judge that she understands the charges. Her voice is clear as she responds to procedural questions. And in her glasses, she resembles a mouse.

She waives her right to be indicted and pleads not guilty.

Prosecutors say Kirsch was going to plead guilty today. They seek detention because she is "a potential risk of flight."

Prosecutors say she has proven herself to be a flight risk because of the offenses she committed after she promised to reform herself. She committed additional fraud, they say, in stealing credit card information from a coworker at a California Starbucks.

-- From reporter Sam Wood in the courtroom