Former Fort Lauderdale judge and New York City cab driver, Larry Seidlin, re-emerged last week with the release of his new book “The Killing of Anna Nicole Smith.” Three years ago, the dispute over Anna Nicole Smith’s final resting place catapulted Seidlin into the national spotlight with his odd, emotion filled ruling. After a six day trial, Seidlin promised not to discuss the case again, yet it seems outside entities forced him into the public eye again, as revealed on the TODAY show where he confessed “so much information came [his] way” that his “hands are dirty finding all of this information.”
Seidlin’s tough critique of Smith’s former lawyer and companion, Howard K. Stern, emphasizes an important aspect of the case. Fortunately, courtroom pressure forced Stern to give testimony admitting his role in providing Smith with drugs that eventually killed her. Stern admitted “in the courtroom that he obtained Anna Nicole’s drugs and got these drugs in other people’s names.” Though it appeared the case was closed, numerous events triggered a new interest for Seidlin – the role of celebrity enablers and facilitators. Upon re-examining the case, he realized he may have set a significant precedent.
Since Anna Nicole Smith’s death, other celebrities such as, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, and Brittany Murphy, also suffered “accidental deaths.” Whether for love, fame, or, money, it seems Stern facilitated Smith’s drug addiction. He was present when both she and her son, Daniel, mysteriously passed away, leading Seidlin to believe he played a role in the lethal mix of drugs. In fact, “the nine bottles of prescription medications that were found in her room at the Hard Rock were prescribed in his name.” Where do we draw the line between an enabler and a facilitator?
Seidlin is convinced Stern is the mastermind behind Smith’s estate. According to Seidlin, Stern knew he may not be the biological father of Smith’s only living descendant, but desperately hoped for a chance at $$$. It seems Anna Nicole Smith wanted Stern to be the father of her daughter, or, she might have named another person on Dannielynn’s birth certificate.
The timing is perfect for the release of Seidlin’s new book, as Stern’s criminal trial is set to begin August 4th. Perhaps the Los Angeles criminal court will also set precedent regarding criminal culpability of drug facilitators. Seidlin’s sentiment is quite frank in his new book: enabling a celebrity’s addiction is not the way to millions of dollars, as perhaps Stern thought it was, but instead, Stern could be headed to jail for such actions. Lady Justice will keep you abreast of any new developments.