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Last week ended with news of charges against three people linked to Anna Nicole Smith. Smith died two years ago, in a Florida hotel room. A medical examiner ruled her death the result of an accidental drug overdose.
These are not murder charges. Instead, the state Attorney General is charging various violations of the health code and other California laws related to prescription drug abuse. It’s a long and involved criminal complaint; but, at bottom, ex-boyfriend Howard K. Stern and two doctors are charged with illegally providing prescription drugs to an addict — Anna Nicole Smith. In my view, the case against her doctors is easy and long overdue. The harder case is the one against Mr. Stern.
Stern is universally reviled, with e-mails and letters and posts on my Facebook page, all blaming him for the former playmate’s death. But is he really culpable, as a matter of criminal law?
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