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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ms. Smith Goes to Washington!

With an oil fortune on the line, former stripper Anna Nicole Smith encountered a sympathetic audience at the Supreme Court. Several justices said they were concerned that the one-time Playboy Playmate was kept from pursuing a piece of her late husband's fortune. xxx "It's quite a story," said Justice Stephen Breyer. xxx Smith married oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994 when he was 89 and she was a 26-year-old topless dancer in Texas. Marshall died the following year. His fortune has been estimated at as much as $1.6 billion.
One of his two sons claims he is the only heir. Breyer said there was evidence that the son hired private detectives to keep Smith away from her elderly husband's bedside.
Smith's claim is simple, said Justice David Souter, "just give me the money I would have had."
Justices repeatedly referred to the amount of money at stake, and criticized arguments that only a Texas court had jurisdiction to settle the nasty family feud.
"That's just not the way our system works," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman justice. xxx Marshall showered Smith with $6.6 million in gifts that included two homes, $2.8 million in jewelry and $700,000 in clothes, and she contends that he also promised her half his estate.
Pierce Marshall said various wills and trusts his father prepared over the years made him the only heir. A federal court ruled in 2002 that Smith was entitled to compensatory and punitive damages because Pierce Marshall altered, destroyed and falsified documents to try to keep her from receiving money from his father's estate. He denies any wrongdoing, and that decision was thrown out.
The case is Marshall v. Marshall, 04-1544.

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Blogger Wonder Woman said...

THAT is a solid pic of Anna Nicole!

Ah! The wonders of plastic surgery...

3/01/2006 10:36:00 AM  

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