By celebrity news standards, Anna Nicole Smith is “old news.” While she is no longer alive, litigation concerning her is. A reluctant party to this litigation is Howard K. Stern, her former manager and lawyer. As you may recall, Stern was charged with 11 felonies. At the close of a jury trial in 2011, he was convicted on two counts of conspiracy. However, these convictions were vacated on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence on both.
Recently, a California appeals court has ruled against the trial judge and reinstated the convictions. The case will now return to the trial judge who will have the option to: 1) Sentence Stern to prison; 2) Sentence Stern to probation; 3) Reduce the felonies to misdemeanors; or 4) Dismiss the whole case on other legal grounds. That is litigation: “It ain’t over until it is over!” It might be several more months before there is a final decision for the history books.
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