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US court overturns Anna Nicole Smith rulings

Published on Oct 19, 2012 9:07 AM
This Oct 29, 1999 file photo shows the late model Anna Nicole Smith departing the Roybal Building in downtown Los Angeles after she testified in bankruptcy court that her marriage to Texas billionaire J. Howard Marshall II was one of the most important events in her life. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A United States (US) court overturned on Thursday rulings which squashed convictions against late model Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and most convictions against her former psychiatrist.

Howard K Stern and Khristine Eroshevich were convicted in October 2010 of conspiring to provide drugs to the former Playboy model, who died of a drug overdose in Florida in 2007.

But at a sentencing hearing last year Los Angeles judge Robert Perry dismissed Stern's two conspiracy convictions, citing insufficient evidence, and three of Eroshevich's four convictions.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled however on Thursday that Mr Perry erred in Stern's case, saying he could allow a new trial, dismiss the convictions on other grounds or sentence him based on the original convictions.

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