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Monday, December 26, 2005

Bush Administration In Bed with Playmate Anna Nicole Smith

AP reports:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith has an unusual bedfellow in the Supreme Court fight over her late husband's fortune: the Bush administration.

The administration's top Supreme Court lawyer filed arguments on Smith's behalf and wants to take part when the case is argued before the justices.

The court will decide early next year whether to let the U.S. solicitor general share time with Smith's attorney during the one hour argument on Feb. 28.

Actually the whole thing has to do with a technical argument over federalism.

The issue before the high court is one only lawyers would love: when may federal courts hear claims that involve state probate proceedings. Smith lost in Texas state courts, which found that E. Pierce Marshall was the sole heir to his father's estate.

The Bush administration's filings in the case are technical. Without getting into the details of the family squabble, Solicitor General Paul Clement said that the justices should protect federal court jurisdiction in disputes.

Read the whole thing here.

What the hell, she's sorta trashy..., well really, really trashy..., and tacky too. But watching this court battle is fun.

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