“I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I told you so” said Larry Birkhead as he exited the Bahamian courtroom when his paternity of Dannilynn was confirmed. Well, I also don’t like to say I told you so, but today the 9th Circuit issued its opinion in the matter of Marshall v. Marshall finding against Anna Nicole Smith’s estate and Howard K. Stern, and in favor of the rightful Marshall heirs. In doing so, the court has articulated some archaic probate laws regarding what constitutes preclusion, and core versus non-core issues. They found Vicki’s (aka, Anna Nicole Smith’s) claims were NOT core to the bankruptcy proceeding. Please click on this link to view the opinion in its entirety: 9th Circuit
For a more in depth analysis, including my confirmed legal prediction, please read the article below entitled Probate Battle Illustrates Value of Constitution’s Full Faith & Credit Clause. Lady Justice prevailed today, and I anticipate the Supreme Court will confirm this decision should the matter be appealed by Howard K. Stern yet again.