Orders Anna Nicole Smith's Body to be Released
A Los Angeles judge ruled this morning (14FEB07) that former model Anna
Nicole Smith's body could be released from a Florida medical examiner's
The ruling came just hours after a Florida judge upheld an earlier
California court ruling that Smith's body be held for 10 days until DNA
tests are complete.
According to Smith's attorney Ron Rale, "The judge found that
there was sufficient DNA, as we had contended, that had been taken by Dr
Perper, who is the chief medical examiner in Broward County."
The former Playboy Playmate's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead is fighting
to prove he is the father of Smith's baby Dannielynn.
Birkhead's attorney had argued that accurate DNA testing would not be
possible if the body was moved from the coroner's office.
Today's legal decision came as the Florida coroner's office warned that
Smith's body was decomposing and should be released as soon as possible.
Rale says Smith's remains will be sent to her former lawyer and
companion Howard K Stern, who also claims he is the father of the model's
He adds, "We want Anna Nicole to have a proper burial. We want the
process to commence so that she doesn't lose a day."
Stern's attorneys are expected to appear in a Florida courtroom later
today (14FEB07) to uphold the latest decision from the California judge,
saying that Smith's body can be released.
Smith's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, is also fighting for the body
to be released to her, so that she can take it back to her daughter's