Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend Howard K. Stern's convictions dismissed
The drug conspiracy convictions of Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend-lawyer Howard K. Stern were dismissed on Thursday.
A judge determined that Stern, who was charged with two felony counts, had no intention of fraud when he used his name and others to protect the late former Playboy model's privacy when he obtained prescriptions for her, the Associated Press said. Smith, who was also a reality star, died in 2007 at age 39 following an accidental overdose.
The judge also ruled that Smith's psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich was acting out of concern for Smith when she obtained a Vicodin prescription for Smith under a false name. Eroshevich was sentenced to one year of probation and given a $100 fine. She now has one remaining conviction, which was reduced to a misdemeanor.
In October, a jury convicted Eroshevich and Stern of conspiracy counts and acquitted Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who prescribed drugs for her, of all charges. The defendants had pleaded not guilty after they were charged in 2009 with conspiracy and accused of prescribing painkillers, sleeping pills, anxiety medicines and other drugs to Smith.
Defense attorneys had said Smith's drug dependency was legal because the substances were used to treat ailments such as pain and anxiety.
The prosecution had said the doctors never said no to Smith's drug seeking because they wanted to be part of her celebrity entourage and that the doctors used fake names for Smith's medications to hide excessive prescriptions from the state's computer system.
The defense had said the practice is common and is used to protect the privacy of celebrities and other high-profile people.