US high court to reconsider Anna Nicole Smith case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the estate of Anna Nicole Smith in a bitter, 15-year battle over the fortune of the elderly Texas billionaire whom Smith married in the mid-1990s.

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Published: Tue 28 Sep 2010, 8:51 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:36 AM

The justices on Tuesday decided to reconsider an appeals court ruling against Smith’s estate, which wants to capture some of the $1.6 billion estate of her husband, J. Howard Marshall, who died in 1995.

Marshall’s will left nearly all his money to his son, E. Pierce Marshall, and nothing to Smith. The younger Marshall died in 2006 and Smith died of a drug overdose in 2008.

Smith challenged the will, claiming that her husband promised to leave her more than $300 million above the $7 million in cash and gifts showered on her during their 14-month marriage.

Smith’s 4-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, is the heir to her estate. The girl’s father, Larry Birkhead, and attorney Howard K. Stern were placed in charge of the estate.

Stern is on trial for drug conspiracy charges involving opiates and sedatives allegedly given to Smith.

The fight over Marshall’s fortune had been to the Supreme Court once before.



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