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Stern seeks dismissal in Smith case

01 December 2010, 19:08

Los Angeles - Howard K Stern has asked a judge to dismiss his conviction for obtaining prescription drugs under a false name for his former lover, the late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith.

If dismissal is refused, Stern sought a new trial or reduction of his two convictions to misdemeanours. He was acquitted of seven charges and the judge dismissed two others.

Stern maintains that using false names on prescriptions to protect a celebrity's privacy is a common practice in Los Angeles.

His lawyer J Christopher Smith said in a motion filed on Tuesday that Stern believed it was legal for Dr Khristine Eroshevich, a co-defendant, to prescribe medication to Smith using Stern's name.

Stern and Eroshevich are scheduled for sentencing January 6. Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007 but the defendants were not charged in her death.

- AP


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