Monday, May 01, 2006
Is that a wad of cash in your g-string or are you just happy to see me?
Anna Nicole Smith, the young widow of her beloved husband, J. Howard Marshall II. Smith married Marshall in 1994. She was 26, he was 89. But they were in love, according to Smith (who openly wept in the Supreme Court chambers when her late husband's death was discussed during oral arguments last February).
The complicated legal proceedings can be described as follows: Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy dies, leaving an estate worth an estimated $1.6 billion. Boy's son sues girl in Texas to exclude girl from will. Boy's son wins, and girl gets nada.
Meanwhile, girl goes into bankruptcy in California. Bankruptcy judge awards girl $450 million, or the amount that stock in boy's company increased during boy and girl's 14 month marriage. Boy's son appeals, challenging jurisdiction. The circuit court rules the bankruptcy court had no jurisdiction and zeroes out girl. Girl appeals, cries, and gets the Supreme Court to overturn the Circuit Court decision. Boy's son and girl go back to the bankruptcy judge to try the remainder of the case.
And the lawyers all lived happily ever after.