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Parts of Anna Nicole Smith drug case likely to be tossed out, judge says

September 21, 2010 |  7:41 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01348606d87a970c-320wi

The judge in the drug conspiracy trial over the death of model Anna Nicole Smith said he will consider dropping some of the charges against two doctors and Smith's boyfriend.

Prosecutors have contended that the doctors and boyfriend conspired for three years to funnel massive amounts of powerful, highly dangerous medication to the late model. They are accused of using fake names and different pharmacies, including one specializing in supplying large quantities to nursing homes and board-and-care facilities.

On trial are Smith's primary physician Sandeep Kapoor, psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich, and Smith's partner and lawyer Howard K. Stern. They have denied any wrongdoing and said they were only trying to help ease some of Smith's pain.

On Monday, Judge Robert Perry said he would consider defense requests to dismiss all the charges -- though he suggested some would remain.

"I think there are some charges that will likely survive in some form," he was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

Smith died in Hollywood, Fla., in 2007.

Photo: Anna Nicole Smith. Credit: Associated Press

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