1:27 pm - 09/27/2005

It must be Anna Nicole Day at ONTD!

WASHINGTON - Former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith is going to the Supreme Court.

Justices said Tuesday they would consider Smith's appeal over the fortune of her 90-year-old late husband. The stripper-turned-reality television star stands to get as much as $474 million if she wins at the high court and gets a bankruptcy court judgment reinstated. The case will be argued before the Supreme Court early next year.

She has not gotten any money from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, an oil tycoon who married her in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. Marshall, one of Texas' wealthiest men, died in 1995.

At issue for the court is a relatively mundane technical issue: when may federal courts hear claims that are also involved state probate proceedings. But the facts of the case are eye-catching.

The 1993 Playmate of the Year and self-described "blonde bombshell" claims her husband promised her millions but that his scheming son cut her out of the estate.

Her decade-long legal fight with E. Pierce Marshall has been marked by highs and lows.

An initial $474 million award was reduced to about $89 million, then thrown out altogether by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The appeals court said that a Texas probate court's decision that the oilman's son was his sole heir should stand.

The appeals court decision, that federal courts in California never had jurisdiction, erased a lower court finding that she was entitled to compensatory and punitive damages because Marshall's son tried to keep her from receiving money from his father's estate.

The Supreme Court filings included only a hint of the nastiness from the family fight. The dispute has involved a "a bizarre set of events," justices were told in a filing by G. Eric Brunstad Jr., a Yale Law School professor who represents Marshall's son.

Smith, whose real name is Vickie Lynn Marshall, had received more than $6 million in gifts from her late husband, but was not included in his will, justices were told.

Brunstad said that Smith began her legal fight for her husband's money even before his death.

Smith's attorney, Kent Richland, told justices that Marshall's son "devotes nearly half his brief to manipulating the record to cast (Vickie) in a bad light." Richland said that J. Howard Marshall intended to provide for his wife throughout her life.

"His efforts failed, however, because — as both lower courts found — Pierce suppressed or destroyed the trust instrument and stripped Howard of all his assets before his death," Richland wrote.

Brunstad said that those allegations are "basically pure fabrication."

Richland said Smith filed the high court appeal because she "has felt all along that she would do all she could to attempt to get justice." He did not know if she would attend the argument session.

The case is Vickie Lynn Marshall v. E. Pierce Marshall, 04-1544.


Source: Yahoo Entertainment News
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aisling_merrow 27th-Sep-2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
vickie lynn marshall lol
_glamazon 27th-Sep-2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
i'm pretty sure her maiden name was hogan or something which is even worse, lol!

vickie lynn hogan. haha.
sweetarte 27th-Sep-2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
lobsterpajamas 27th-Sep-2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
It's the pervey old coot's own fault for not having his legal work done right. They should leave her alone.
lobsterpajamas 27th-Sep-2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
This certainly is a case for the supreme court.
megknowsbest 27th-Sep-2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
She deserves some money for sleeping with that mummy she called a husband.
janey 27th-Sep-2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
Fo' sho.
Like my grandma says, "Gold diggers earn every penny they get."
mellowraspberry 27th-Sep-2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
_glamazon 27th-Sep-2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
wrinkly old balls!!!

promisemewings 27th-Sep-2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
That's what I've been saying all along.
isntdaveone 27th-Sep-2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Anna Nicole is a great American.
myfoot_yourass 27th-Sep-2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
give the gold digging whore some money damnit!
mondayrf 27th-Sep-2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
Exactly, what harm will it do? It's be entertainment!
lobsterpajamas 27th-Sep-2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
Anna Nicole had a dream and then she slept with it.
__amerie 27th-Sep-2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
hahahaha :)
batsyx 27th-Sep-2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
is that Howard Stern (not the radio personality) dude still her lawyer?
rc 28th-Sep-2005 12:35 am (UTC)
He's her "personal attorney" and while still sort of her lawyer, really has no authority in this case. She's actually got a competent legal team for this.
1entryatatime 27th-Sep-2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
i think she deserves that money. i think she really did love him, simpleton that she is. and even with the provision in his will about his son she should atleast get a portion of the money since she was hi wife at the time of death.
retro_modernist 27th-Sep-2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
All gold digging whore comments aside, she WAS his wife and she did bring him happiness. She should have recieved some of the money from his estate. Not ALL of it. But if his wishes were that she be taken care of by him (I know she makes more than enough)...

They're BOTH money grubbing asses.
promisemewings 27th-Sep-2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
He specifically told her that he wanted to make sure she was well-provided for because she WAS his wife. So I stand by the firm belief that if she really did make him happy (which I'm sure she did), then she deserves the money.
dizzyl0ve 27th-Sep-2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
this is exactly why the rest of the world hates us.
lineofidledays 27th-Sep-2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
id kill to see her give john roberts a lapdance. omg i cant wait for this
love_confusion 27th-Sep-2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
oh god!! that would be awesome..*fingers crossed*
thatshot 27th-Sep-2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Its only Anna Nicole Day until more pictures of Sean Preston are revealed.
promisemewings 27th-Sep-2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm confused...is People magazine getting the Sean Preston pics, or OK magazine? Because People are the ones who normally kisses Britney's ass.
kinderlijk 27th-Sep-2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
Because we all know she needs that money.
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