And the Anna Nicole Smith legal battle marches on. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court awarded Anna Nicole Smith the right to continue her legal battle in pursuit of her late husband J. Howard Marshall’s fortune.
As previously reported, the former Playboy playmate Smith married oil tycoon Marshall II, 89, in 1994 while she was a 26-year-old topless dancer in Texas. Marshall died the following year of their marriage and Smith contended that she was promised half his fortune, valued at $1.6 Billion. During their short marriage Marshall showered Smith with $6.6 million in gifts that included two homes, $2.8 million in jewelry & $700,000 in clothes.
Pierce Marshall, J. Howard Marshall’s son & Anna Nicole’s stepson, though I doubt they have mother & son talks, disputes Smith’s claims that J. Howard intended to give her half his estate & insists that the $6.6 million worth of gifts she received during the 14-month marriage was all she was entitled to.
However, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (that’s a mouthful) has determined that the recent appeals court ruling, which entitled Smith to nothing, was wrong. And now mother & stepson will engage in all out war. Can’t we just decide this via mud wrestle?
Pierce Marshall made his voice heard with a warning to Anna Nicole Smith & legal team, “(I’ll) continue to fight to clear my name in California federal court. That is a promise that (Smith) and her lawyers can take to the bank.”
And I bet they will. I bet they will.