Gotta Watch: Judges get real
Judge Belvin Perry Jr. gets stern during Casey Anthony’s murder trial.
June 21st, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Judges get real

Some trials can be pretty wild. From jurors to defendants and even the prosecution, trying a case can become all too taxing and frustrating for some judges to manage. But some of them fight back. Be it with wit, emotion or a no-foolishness attitude, you’ve gotta watch how these judges tackle courtroom crazy.
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Judge sets aside convictions in Anna Nicole Smith case
A judge set aside the conviction of Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend Howard K. Stern who is seen in this 2006 photo.
January 6th, 2011
12:51 PM ET

Judge sets aside convictions in Anna Nicole Smith case

A judge Thursday set aside the conviction of Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer and boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, saying there was no evidence he intended to break the law by using false names to obtain drug prescriptions for the actress.

The judge has also set aside several felony convictions against a doctor who was charged for her role in the death of Anna Nicole Smith.

Judge Robert Perry dismissed all but one conviction against Dr. Khristine Eroshevich. He reduced the remaining conviction to a misdemeanor, fined her $100 and ordered her to serve a short time on probation.

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On the Radar: Autism study debate, Anna Nicole Smith case, Sudan's big vote, CES
Dr Andrew Wakefield is defending his study on autism and childhood vaccines, which has been called into question.
January 6th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

On the Radar: Autism study debate, Anna Nicole Smith case, Sudan's big vote, CES

Doctor defends autism study – A physician accused of an "elaborate fraud" in a now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines is defending himself, telling CNN his work has been "grossly distorted."

Speaking on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Dr. Andrew Wakefield said Wednesday he has been the target of "a ruthless, pragmatic attempt to crush any attempt to investigate valid vaccine safety concerns." An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concluded  that Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible. The journalist who wrote the BMJ articles said Thursday he believes Wakefield should face criminal charges.

Sentencing in Anna Nicole Smith case The psychiatrist and lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith are expected to be sentenced Thursday.

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October 28th, 2010
05:24 PM ET

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, doctor guilty in drug trial

Anna Nicole Smith died in 2007 of a drug overdose.

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and lawyer, Howard K. Stern, and one of her doctors were found guilty Thursday of two counts of conspiracy to provide drugs to a known addict and using false names to obtain the drugs.

A second doctor was found not guilty on all counts.

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August 20th, 2010
01:02 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

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GEORGE MITCHELL

The former Senate majority leader and current U.S. envoy to the Middle East may not only get Israel and the Palestinians talking, but he also led the special investigation over steroid use in Major League Baseball that contributed to the indictment of Roger Clemens.

According to an extensive profile from The Washington Post’s Whorunsgov website, Mitchell stepped down as Senate majority leader in 1995 to secure universal health care. Previously he had turned down an offer for a Supreme Court nomination from President Clinton. He did, however, accept Clinton’s offer to be a special envoy to Northern Ireland in 1996. He later described the process as “700 days of failure, and one day of success.”

Mitchell was then asked to lead the special investigation into performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. The 400-plus-page report cast light on the so-called epidemic among players and led to Senate hearings that included testimony by Clemens, who was indicted Thursday.

Whorunsgov.com: Why Mitchell matters

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March 19th, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses $300 million court fight

Anna Nicole Smith's estate is not entitled to $300 million the deceased actress had claimed was intended as a gift from her oil tycoon husband, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Smith, a former Playboy pinup and stripper, fought for more than a decade with a son of J. Howard Marshall over a fortune estimated as much as $1.6 billion.

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