While Pamela Smart ponders spending the rest of her life in prison for inciting her teen-age lover to murder her husband, her lawyers are considering how to overturn her conviction.

And others still are toying with movie possibilities.Smart stood stone-faced Friday when the verdicts were read. She remained that way when the judge sentenced her to automatic life without parole.

Her parents wept. Her in-laws, the victim's parents, beamed.

It was a chilling end to one of New Hampshire's most sensational criminal trials - or was it?

Her lawyers confidentally predict the conviction will be thrown out on appeal.

Even if that fails, the case likely will stay alive in books and movies.

For now, Gregory Smart's family is relieved, saying their daughter-in-law got what she deserved.

Pamela Smart's family is devastated, denouncing intense media coverage and a widespread portrayal of the widow as a cold, calculating woman who had her husband killed so she could maintain an affair with a 16-year-old and not lose her dog, furniture and condo in a divorce.

The school media service administrator was convicted of coaching her student-lover and his buddies how to ambush her husband as he arrived home, ordering them to use a gun instead of a knife so they wouldn't get blood on her furniture and trashing the house to make it look like a botched burglary.

They said she directed them not to hurt the dog, and not to kill her husband in its sight so the animal would not be traumatized.

The state also accused her of leaving a door unlocked for the killers, going with them to get another car for the killing, covering up the murder, then telling a key witness to lie.

The witness tampering was captured on secret police tape recordings, which several jurors said sealed her fate.

On the tapes, Smart said she knew in advance of the murder, and told the witness, 16-year-old student intern Cecelia Pierce, that if Pierce told the truth, she would send her friends, and Smart, "to the (expletive) slammer" for the rest of their lives.

The jury believed the girl told the truth, and the judge did indeed send Smart to jail for the rest of her life.

"The tapes. They told the truth," said juror Charlotte Jefts. She said the jury spent most of its 13 hours of deliberation dissecting the recordings and how Smart explained them.

Without emotion, she testified she was conducting her own investigation and said things that weren't true - such as knowing the plot - to get Pierce to tell more.

"We picked every word apart to see if there was a shadow of a doubt, to see if she was not guilty, and we could not find anything," Jefts said.

The tapes are likely to be one avenue of appeal.