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Friday
Oct192012

Court Rules Anna Nicole Smith Boyfriend's Conviction Was Wrongly Dismissed

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In early 2011, Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend had a drug conspiracy conviction in connection with her death dismissed.  However, a California appellate court on Thursday ruled that the convictions of Howard K. Stern and psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich were wrongly tossed.

A Los Angeles judge determined last year that Stern never had an intent to defraud when he obtained prescriptions for Smith using his name as well as the names of others for privacy reasons.

On Thursday, the appellate court ruled that the charges for both defendants should be reinstated.

It remains to be seen what will happen next with Stern.  The trial judge has multiple options to consider, such as imposing a prison sentence or dismissing the case.  Stern cannot be retried due to double jeopardy.

Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February 2007.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Howard K. Stern: Anna Nicole Smith 'Vindicated'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Howard K. Stern, the boyfriend of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, said he immediately thought of Smith when a judge exonerated him of drug conspiracy charges last week.

"It was incredible just because I knew that I was vindicated, Anna was vindicated, who she was as a person was vindicated," Stern said in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America. "I was looking up at the sky and in my mind I was talking to her... it's been a long, tough road."

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry declared that Stern never had the intent to defraud when he used his name and others to obtain prescriptions for Smith while keeping her privacy intact.

The judge's dismissal of a previous verdict that found Smith guilty of those charges brings an end to a four-year legal battle that began in the wake of Smith's accidental drug overdose in 2007.

In life, Smith, the blonde, vivacious model and reality star, always stole the spotlight and Howard K. Stern loved to live in her shadow, by her side in good times and in bad.

"She was my best friend, my lover, the mother of my daughter, everything to me, I mean literally everything, my whole world," Stern said.

They first met in 1995 when Stern joined the then 26-year-old bombshell's legal team. Smith was fighting for $800 million from her 93-year-old deceased husband's estate.

"I'm not a gold digger….I went out and made something of myself and people don't appreciate that," Smith told ABC News in an interview 10 years ago.

Stern would take Smith's case all the way to the Supreme Court where they won a moral victory, but no money.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend Cleared of Drug Conviction

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nearly four years after Anna Nicole Smith's death, a judge dismissed the drug conspiracy convictions of her psychiatrist, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, and boyfriend/lawyer, Howard K. Stern.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry declared that Stern never had the intent to defraud when he used his name and others' to obtain prescriptions for Smith while keeping her privacy intact.

Perry also found that Eroshevich, who obtained a Vicodin prescription for Smith under a false name, was acting out of concern for the former Playboy model. Perry sentenced Eroshevich to no more than one year of probation and a $100 fine.

Moments after Perry handed down his ruling, District Attorney Steve Cooley denounced the dismissal of convictions and said he would appeal, saying Perry's decision diminishes the problem of prescription drug abuse.

At a trial last October, Eroshevich was convicted of unlawfully prescribing Vicodin by fraud. Stern was found guilty of giving false names and acting by fraud to obtain prescriptions. During the same hearing, Smith's doctor, Sandeep Kapoor, was acquitted on all counts he faced.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy, excessive prescribing of opiates and sedatives to an addict, and fraudulently obtaining drugs by using false names.

Lawyers for Stern, Kapoor and Eroshevich argued during the trial that their clients were innocent because they were only helping someone with documented pain and depression.

Smith was found dead of a prescription drug overdose in February 2007. Her troubles with prescription drugs were well known. Though her E! reality TV show earned high ratings, she made headlines for appearing intoxicated in public, including at the 2004 American Music Awards.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct282010

Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend, Psychiatrist Found Guilty of Conspiracy

Howard K. Stern leaves a Los Angeles courthouse after his conviction Oct. 28. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend has been convicted of conspiracy in a case in which he and two doctors were accused of helping to illegally provide the late model with prescription drugs. According to the Los Angeles Times, Howard K. Stern was convicted Thursday by a Los Angeles jury of two conspiracy counts of aiding and abetting doctors. He was found not guilty of charges that he obtained and provided drugs to an addict.

Smith's psychiatrist, Khristine Eroshevich, was convicted of four counts of obtaining medication by fraud. The jury was deadlocked on other charges. Another doctor, Sandeep Kapoor, was acquitted of all charges. Stern and Eroshevich, who face prison time, will be sentenced January 6th.

The verdict was the culmination of a nine-week trial. Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February 2007.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Judge Dismisses Two Charges Against Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- KABC-TV reports a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed two charges against Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, who along with two doctors has been accused of conspiring to illegally provide the late model with prescription drugs prior to her death in 2007. The judge reportedly threw out a charge of obtaining drugs for Smith by fraud and deceit, as well as part of a conspiracy count against Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor. The rest of the 11 charges faced by Stern, Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have yet to be resolved.  The three defendants, who have pleaded not guilty to the charges, are currently on trial. Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday.  Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February 2007.

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