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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Two Law Profs on the Anna Nicole Smith litigation

Looking for your law-related Anna Nicole Smith fix?  Here are the views of two law profs.

  • Joanna Grossman has an excellent FindLaw column on the whole Smith legal aftermath.  She carefully breaks down the myriad of possibilities as to who gets the Marshall estate, who Dannielynn's father might be -- you may want make your own flow chart.
  • Lee-ford Tritt gives his views on Smith's will to the N.Y. Times.  An intriguing possibility: "She intentionally disinherited somebody. I wonder if she’s had other children."

If this were the Co-Op, I'd have a picture.

Posted by Matt Bodie on February 17, 2007 at 02:48 PM in Culture | Permalink


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More commentary influence from the CTV board gang no matter where I go to avoid them.

Why is it I always come upon the same names as those I've been reading on that law-ignorant CTV board who I swear are on a mission, and quite hypocritically, to render judgments completely out of their league? I believe I'm beginning to join the concensus that there ARE paid bloggers out there in this drama. Either that or the obsession has now reached soap-opera-replacement status.

Negligence, abandonment, abuse. Lovely qualities I can find in each of the characters in this saga where not one is above reproach. Especially Mr. Stern. May justice prevail. Next.

Ah yes, what I came here for: The Lee-Ford Tritt article has now gone archive at the NY Times site. Anyone have a reposting for my law research please?

Posted by: B.Fortright | Apr 17, 2007 2:50:14 AM

It's about time someone saw Virgie for what she really is. She abused her daughter in life and she continues to abuse her in death. For Gods sake, please have a proper wake and funeral for Anna. Considering the tormented life she had, she surely deserves some peace now. Maybe if all the lawyers stepped back for a few minutes, the people involved could put thier differences aside and do whats right. Let Anna go to her grave with the dignity and respect she deserves.

The time for the courts to decide the other matters is after she is laid to rest, not before.

Posted by: R. Black | Feb 26, 2007 10:29:39 PM

According to the State Laws of Texas, Anna’s mother should at the very least be under investigation by CPS and Law Enforcement for her claimed criminal acts against Anna as a child. See definitions listed below for Child Abuse. Because her mother was a police officer, her awareness of the law makes this even worse, in my opinion. Further, those around Anna had to know something was going on, they to can be prosecuted for the failure to protect Anna from her mother.

We are all talking about HKS. Let’s talk about the criminal acts of her mother. These acts caused great emotional harm that had a deadly cause and effect to Anna. In a sense, her mother killed her, it just took 39 years to accomplish her goal.






§ 261.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
(1) "Abuse" includes the following acts or omissions
by a person:
(A) mental or emotional injury to a child that
results in an observable and material impairment in the child's
growth, development, or psychological functioning;
(B) causing or permitting the child to be in a
situation in which the child sustains a mental or emotional injury
that results in an observable and material impairment in the
child's growth, development, or psychological functioning;
(C) physical injury that results in substantial
harm to the child, or the genuine threat of substantial harm from
physical injury to the child, including an injury that is at
variance with the history or explanation given and excluding an
accident or reasonable discipline by a parent, guardian, or
managing or possessory conservator that does not expose the child
to a substantial risk of harm;
(D) failure to make a reasonable effort to
prevent an action by another person that results in physical injury
that results in substantial harm to the child;

Posted by: Faith | Feb 18, 2007 8:01:40 AM

With all due respect Matt, I'd be perfectly content if I never came across another word or picture having anything whatsoever to do with Anna Nicole Smith. What a colossal, terrible waste of valuable time and energy for those of us on the outside looking in. As Iris Murdoch wrote, 'we are all always deploying and directing our energy, refining or blunting it, purifying or corrupting it....' This entire 'Anna Nicole' episode speaks volumes about how we've chosen to deploy and direct our energy.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Feb 17, 2007 6:06:18 PM

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