And the saga continues!
Anna Nicole Smith’s longtime partner and attorney Howard K. Stern and two doctors were charged Thursday with conspiring to furnish drugs before her death in 2007, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. …
At the time of her death several prescription medications — both in Smith’s name and that of her partner and lawyer, Stern — were found in the room.
Officials said prescription and over-the-counter drugs were found in Smith’s system, including three antidepressants or antianxiety drugs. Also found in toxicology testing was human growth hormone and chloral hydrate, a sleep medication, officials said.
Stern, 40, and doctors Sandeep Kapoor, 40, and Khristine Eroshevich, 61, were each charged with eight felonies, including conspiring to furnish controlled substances, unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and obtaining fraudulent prescriptions between June 2004 and January 2007 — only weeks before the playmate’s death.
Kapoor and Eroshevich were each also charged with obtaining a prescription for opiates by “fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.” Each were also charged with one count of obtaining a prescription for opiates by giving a false name or address, according to the DA’s office.
All three were charged with one count of “prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict.”
Hells yeah! It’s about time these people are held responsible. Anna Nicole was making horrible, fatal choices, but these people, particularly the doctors, were breaking the law in order to enable her. I certainly hope they make an example of this. It’s the same situation with Heath Ledger — who the hell was prescribing him all these narcotics, one on top of another? It happens day after day in this country, doctors over-prescribing narcotics for people who they must have figured out are addicts. Especially rich and famous people.
As Gawker points out, though, this might be about more than just doing the right thing. The California Attorney General, Jerry Brown, is pressing the case … and he’s also planning to run for governor. Sigh. Whatever it takes, guys.
Howard and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor were released Thursday night after each posted $20,000 bond.