Howard K. Stern’s Conspiracy Charges Reinstated

A California Appeals Court, has overturned the previous ruling in the Howard K. Stern case. 

Stern, an attorney and  former domestic partner of the late Anna Nicole Smith who passed away on February 8, 2007, in room 607 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida appeared in court today and was informed that his previous 2001 conspiracy ruling would be reinstated.  If Stern is found guilty he could spend up to 2 years in prison.

Stern, exchanged vows with the former “Playboy Playmate” on September 28, 2006, in a legally nonbinding ceremony in Nassau, Bahamas.  Following her death he was charged with 11 felonies involving conspiracy to fuel Smith with drugs.

On January 6, 2011…Judge Robert Perry handed down a ruling in which he reduced Stern’s charges to misdemeanors. Perry indicated there had been no evidence brought forth to show that Stern intended to break the law by using assumed names to acquire multiple drug prescriptions for Ms. Smith. 

In today’s ruling…The appellate court also  overturned the courts prior dismissal of the conspiracy convictions of Khristine Eroshevich.

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Howard K. Stern…graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was admitted to the State Bar of California on February 25, 1994

The Stern Conspiracy: 

On March 13, 2009, the California Attorney General and Los Angeles County District Attorney announced that they would be charging Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich of conspiring to “commit the crimes of prescribing, administering and dispensing controlled substances to an addict” and “unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance” in regards to the death of Anna Nicole Smith.

Stern, described as the “principal enabler”, faces six felony counts.  The trial began August 4, 2010 in Los Angeles.

All parties entered a not guilty plea.

On October 28, 2010, Stern and Dr. Eroshevich were found guilty, but Kapoor was acquitted.  

On January 6, 2011, Judge Robert Perry  handed down a ruling in the case… Judge Perry  indicated there had been no evidence brought forth to show that Stern intended to break the law by using assumed names to acquire multiple drug prescriptions for Ms. Smith.

The California appeals court just ruled the ruling handed down by Perry was wrong.  They ordered  and sent the case back where the trial judge could now sentence Stern to prison for the 2 felonies.

The reinstatement of the charges gives the trial judge the options to:

  • Sentence Stern to years in prison
  • Place Stern on  probation .
  • Reduce the felonies to misdemeanors
  •  theoretically dismiss the whole case on other legal grounds

In October 2007, Howard K. Stern, co-star of The Anna Nicole Show, filed a lawsuit claiming that he was defamed when the author of a tell-all book said he was gay. A Manhattan judge will soon decide if the suit should go to trial. Stern asked for $60 million in damages.

From the Web:

Appeals Court Reverses Decision and Remands back to Judge Perry

 

 

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