Thursday, February 22, 2007

Judging Larry

Well, the good news is that Anna Nicole Smiths's rapidly-deteriorating corpse finally has a destination for burial; the bad news is that the judge who is overseeing all this madness seems to be quite the nutty nutball himself; the worse news is that this is just the tip o' the crazy iceberg, people. From CNN:
Custody of the body of former centerfold Anna Nicole Smith was awarded Thursday to the guardian for her 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn, by Broward Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin.

Seidlin directed the guardian -- Richard Milstein -- to consult with the three other parties who had sought the body: Howard K. Stern, Smith's partner and lawyer at the time of her death; Larry Birkhead, Smith's former boyfriend; and Virgie Arthur, Smith's mother.

Smith died February 8 in a Florida hotel, but the cause is still unknown.

Stern and Birkhead said Thursday Smith's body will be returned to the Bahamas and buried alongside that of her son, Daniel, who died of apparent drug-related causes last year.

"I'm very grateful that Anna Nicole's wishes are going to be carried out," Stern said.

Arthur wanted to bring Smith home to her native Texas. Birkhead had testified earlier that he was not sure what should be done with the body.

Seidlin made no secret of his wishes: "I want her buried with her son in the Bahamas," he told a stunned courtroom. "I want them to be together."

The decision capped several days of unusual courtroom proceedings that touched on child custody and paternity, though the issue at hand was limited to the disposition of Smith's body.

Before ruling, Seidlin told the parties in the case, "I feel for you, I absolutely feel for you."

"I've reviewed absolutely everything. I've suffered with this," Seidlin said.

He addressed Smith's mother several times as "mama" and told her and the others he was trying to reach an equitable decision.

Apparently, besides "suffering" with this difficult decision, calling Virgie Arthur "mama" during the hearing and her lawyer "Texas," and in general behaving like a buffoon, Judge Larry also "sobbed" as he read his decision and was described as being extremely "emotional."

Naturally, Anna Nicole's mother immediately filed an appeal to have the decision overturned, but the powers that be seem to think that appeal will be dismissed in short order. One can only hope the air conditioning in the Broward County Medical Examiner's office is top notch...

This is the first I've heard about Dannielynn having a guardian who wasn't a nurse or babysitter or a wife of a disgraced former Bahamian immigration minister, and now he's in charge of Anna Nicole's body, too. Who is this person named Richard Milstein, and what is his story? Is he a manny? Anyone know?

The other odd thing is that Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern are kind of presenting a united front on this burial issue, even though Birkhead didn't seem to know what to do with the corpse earlier in the hearing. Maybe everyone who knew Anna Nicole thought she--like everyone else--would rather be anywhere on earth rather than Mexia, Texas for all eternity? Or that since she practically (and some say literally) threw herself into her son Daniel's casket, the next best thing to her being buried with him was to be buried near him?

It is all such a danse macabre, man. Stay tuned for the exhausting shenanigans as they occur...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Milstein is a "guardian ad litem", I believe. Appointed by the court when they basically don't trust anyone else to look out for the child...or when no one knows who has the rights to look after the kid.