Anna Nicole Smith

October 29, 2010 by Post Team 

Anna Nicole Smith, boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith lawyer Howard K. Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich were convicted Thursday on charges of conspiring to supply drugs under false names.

Another defendant in the case, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, was acquitted of all charges against him.

“This is not really a victory just for me, but it is a victory for patients everywhere in our country, who suffer chronic pain, and physicians treating chronic pain harder every day,” Kapoor said outside court.

The jury failed to convict any of those accused of providing drugs to a known addict who was the subject of the indictment.

Stern was acquitted on seven of the nine counts he faced.

“These were all charges related to whether the drugs were for a legitimate medical purpose or if Anna Nicole was an addict,” said Stern. “What the jury found me guilty of two counts of conspiracy was limited to only my name that is used in drugs to Anna. This was done to protect the privacy of Anna Nicole and it was nothing more than that.”

The verdict came in a complex case that includes two months of testimony and 13 days of jury deliberations.

Stern’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, said after the trial that the conspiracy conviction that his client was on Stern have given their consent for Eroshevich to use Stern’s name on prescriptions for Smith.

The charges against Eroshevich, a psychiatrist who flew alongside Smith in the Bahamas after her son’s death in 2006, were related to use Stern’s name and the name of another woman to write prescriptions for Smith.

Stern and doctors were accused of conspiring to feed the TV star and Pl**yboy model of drug addiction and the use of false names to obtain drugs in the last three years of his life. The three defendants were charged in February 2007 death of Smith in a Florida hotel, a coroner ruled was an accidental overdose of a sleep aid along with the effects of a viral flu.

After the verdicts were read, Eroshevich said she “felt good,” despite the condemnation that was ready for judging.

The case raised ethical questions about the limits on the doctor-patient, prescription painkillers and anxiety drugs and the use of false names in the treatment of celebrities.

The defense called one witness – an expert who concluded that Smith suffered from chronic pain, depression and anxiety, not drug addiction.

Their dependence on drugs was legal, as it was for legitimate medical purposes, including the treatment of pain and anxiety, defense attorneys argued.

Prosecutors said the doctors never said no to drug-seeking Smith because they wanted to be part of his entourage of celebrities.

false names were used by Stern and doctors to hide the excessive requirements of the state computer system that monitors drug use, prosecutors argued. The defense said it is common practice in Hollywood, which serves to protect the privacy of celebrities from prying tabloid reporters.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry hinted before the verdicts were returned, if the accused were found guilty, he would consider “possible issues of selective prosecution” when they are condemned. He has the power to reduce the most serious felony charges to misdemeanors.

After the verdicts were returned, Perry set sentencing for Jan. 6. Eroshevich Stern and could face up to three years in prison, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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