September 27, 2005
Former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith is going to the Supreme Court.
Justices said Tuesday they would consider Smith’s appeal over the fortune of her 90-year-old late husband. The stripper-turned-reality television star stands to get as much as $474 million if she wins at the high court and gets a bankruptcy court judgment reinstated. The case will be argued before the Supreme Court early next year.
She has not gotten any money from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, an oil tycoon who married her in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. Marshall, one of Texas’ wealthiest men, died in 1995.
So many possible jokes. Clarence Thomas and a Pepsi can… Rehnquist looking down from above saying “Damn, why couldn’t I have held out a little longer?”… Ruth Bader Ginsburg ruling against her out of jealousy…
So I’m offering this one up to my readers. What’s the best joke you can make out of Anna Nicole going to the Supreme Court?
At issue for the court is a relatively mundane technical issue: when may federal courts hear claims that are also involved state probate proceedings. But the facts of the case are eye-catching.
An initial $474 million award was reduced to about $89 million, then thrown out altogether by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The appeals court said that a Texas probate court’s decision that the oilman’s son was his sole heir should stand.
The appeals court decision, that federal courts in California never had jurisdiction, erased a lower court finding that she was entitled to compensatory and punitive damages because Marshall’s son tried to keep her from receiving money from his father’s estate.
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