March 16th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

The truth lies in between

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Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

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?


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jami Floyd
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Accidental Overdose? Well, when you don't have pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs supplying the drugs---then you can't have an accidental "anything." All three contributed to her death--and by rights should be charged appropriately.

    March 17, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  2. Mary Beth

    Anna Nicole had a beautiful face but her insides were sick........it is too bad she didn't take what God gave her and use it for the good of others rather than be self centered and do drugs.............We all have emotional pain but you have to feel your feelings and move on with it....She picked the wrong guy with Stern...she must have seen right thru him unless she was not too bright.I think Larry is a good guy and really loved Anna for her not for her money...Howard is a sleeze bag..........

    March 16, 2009 at 11:13 pm |
  3. Angie

    IMO; The drs are absolutely criminally resp for Anna Nichole's death. Stern is morally culpable but I dont think he will be held legally responsible.

    March 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Stern shouldn't have enabled Anna to get more prescription drugs than she needed, but hindsight is always better than foresight. He may not have known how dangerous the drugs were or that Anna was risking her life each time she took them – after all, you think of prescription drugs as something that helps you not hurts you. Yes, he did enable her habit and ultimately her death, but did he realize those consequences at the time?

    March 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  5. Patty-florida

    Hi Anderson & crew,
    Just a note of interest, has anyone ever looked into the slght chance that Mr. Stern might be involved with the Texas litiigation of Anna's former deceased Billionare husband and the company doiing business with his family , because once her son died mysteriously then Anna , it seems obvious that some expensive shinnanigans are going on and that I pray that her daughter is well protected. This reminds me of the greek tycoon and that family's scandal. When there's millions now billions to be made the sly cats will be out .
    Whats so obvious is that she was used and kept drugged up. Though I did hear she had a lot of deep discomfort with those add -ons, and after giving birth all moms can attest this is a rough time then her son overdosing or did he?? Its just sad all around.

    March 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm |
  6. Isabel, Brazil

    Life was full of contradictions and pervetidos acts.
    The death (and cause of death) was not very different.

    March 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm |