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Smith judge doubts prosecution’s case

Associated Press / September 1, 2010

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The judge in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial said yesterday that he doubted prosecutors can prove key charges against two doctors and the lawyer-boyfriend of the late Playboy model. The two counts targeted by Superior Court Judge Robert Perry are at the heart of the case, accusing the three defendants — Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, and Howard K. Stern — of conspiring to prescribe, administer, and dispense controlled substances to an addict and obtaining and dispensing prescriptions by fraud and use of false names. Perry raised the issue after a juror sent him a note asking for a copy of the charging document. He said he was unsure about sending the jury the entire document, indicating it might change before they were asked to reach a verdict.

Rowling donates millions to research
Author J.K. Rowling has given 10 million pounds — $15.4 million — to set up a center to research multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter said yesterday that the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will be based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. It will also study other degenerative neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

When was that?
“I want the respect that I had when I was doing great movies.” — Lindsay Lohan, telling Vanity Fair she’ll fix her party-girl image.