I thought all elements of this case had been covered… Oh how naive I can be.
This article muses about Mrs. Smith’s possible involvement in a plot to kill her late husband’s son while they were battling over her husband’s estate. And, while hundreds of millions of dollars is a pretty solid motive, the investigation doesn’t appear to have gotten anywhere beyond motive.
Smith’s FBI records, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, say the agency investigated Smith in 2000 and 2001 in a murder-for-hire plot targeting E. Pierce Marshall
The documents released under the Freedom of Information Act depict an investigation going on as the fight raged over J. Howard Marshall II’s estate. Vast sections of the 100 pages of released materials – a fraction of Smith’s full FBI file – are whited out, and no evidence of her involvement in such a plot is detailed.
It is also unclear that killing Jr. would have yielded any benefits to Mrs. Smith anyways given the trusts involved, but the FBI, for reasons the AP is not aware of, nonetheless thought an investigation was warranted.
Stay tuned folks, the “original” case is still on remand from the Court of the Supremes which will decide just how much money, if any, will be inherited by Mrs. Smith’s sole surviving heir, her 3 year old daughter. Poor girl.
Special thanks up front to Professor Berry for these updates. Without his lasting diligence I would have been forced to get my news from other, much less reputable places ;).
1. Linking to this post at The Daily News, the Good Professor reports that a writ was filed before the U.S. Supreme Court asking that lawyers for the late Anna Nicole Smith be allowed to start collecting on $88 million awarded her by a Santa Ana judge from her husband’s estate.
The writ, filed with the court [on March 9, 2009], asks in the alternative that the heirs of Smith’s husband, Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall, post a bond in that amount to assure that the money is there when when the legal battle concludes. * * *
However, David Margulies, who represents the heirs of J. Howard Marshall and his son, E. Pierce Marshall * * * denied the award by U.S. District Judge David Carter in 2002 is still valid.
Margulies said the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Carter’s award, finding that he overstepped the jurisdiction of the Probate Court.
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court in 2006 found that Smith had the right to pursue a claim on her husband’s estate, it did not uphold the $88 million award, Margulies said.
2. According to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. Anna Nicole’s boyfriend and lawyer, Howard K. Stern and her doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich, have been charged with the felonies of conspiracy to provide drugs to an addict and unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance. Mr. Stern was further accused of funneling the drugs to Smith from 2004 to January 2007, a few weeks before she died of an overdose. Not looking good for him. Professory Berry is linking to this CNN story.