Just seven months old, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern stands to inherit a fortune if the legal battles her mother left her ever get resolved. The baby could potentially inherit millions from the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. The former model had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon’s family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995, and that battle remains unresolved. It remains unclear how much, if any, of the Marshall estate Dannielynn could ever hope to obtain, and whether her guardian would have any access to the money. Even Smith’s own estate remains unresolved. A 2001 will released after her death in February said her fortune should be held in trust for her son, but he’s dead now. The 19-page will named Stern as her executor, but did not say how much Smith was worth or how much her daughter might inherit. Smith gave birth to Dannielynn in September, then saw her 20-year-old son Daniel die days later at her bedside from a lethal combination of drugs. She died on Feb. 8, at the age of 39, also from a deadly mix of prescription drugs. NASSAU, Bahamas – In a soap opera ending to the latest chapter of the Anna Nicole Smith drama, two of her baby’s would-be fathers – one jubilant, the other grim – emerged from a pink Bahamas courthouse to hundreds of fans and paparazzi photographers. It was the sort of scene – carried live on cable TV – that would be relished by many who followed the life and death of the small-town Texas girl who became famous for being famous, first as a Playboy Playmate and later as the star of her own reality TV series. Photographer Larry Birkhead, Smith’s former boyfriend, was the center of attention Tuesday, pumping his fist and proclaiming “I hate to be the one who told you this, but I told you so: I’m the father!” DNA tests on blood samples taken from the baby girl and Birkhead proved it, confirmed the court’s expert, Dr. Michael Baird, as the cameras whirred and clicked. Birkhead, who broke up with Smith before she moved to the Bahamas in July, had been seeking custody of the girl for months, but first he had to get past Howard K. Stern, Smith’s lawyer-turned-companion. Stern was listed on the birth certificate as the father of Dannielynn and had been taking care of the child at the gated, oceanfront mansion the couple shared in the Bahamas. “I’m obviously very disappointed, but my feelings for Dannielynn have not changed,” Stern said outside the courthouse, where the two men shook hands and embraced before the cameras. Stern said he would support Birkhead in the next round of the custody dispute, which comes Friday as a Bahamas judge considers the claim of Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur. “I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure he gets sole custody,” Stern said. Stern also said Birkhead would be welcome to come over to the mansion as soon as he wanted, and for as long as he wanted, to see Dannielynn.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
When Roberts was asked how he compared his service on the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, he said appeals court judges spend a lot of time worrying about what the Supreme Court means. “On the Supreme Court, we don’t worry so much about it,” he said. He expressed special thanks to the archivists at the Reagan Library for preparing thousands of pages of documents related to his work in the Reagan administration for the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the documents was a 1986 resignation letter he wrote to Reagan that said, “As a lawyer it was a source of great satisfaction to serve a president who appreciated the framers’ vision of a limited federal government of laws, not men.” Associated Press contributed to this story. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “One of the pressing needs that remains in the ongoing battle for freedom around the world since the Berlin Wall was torn down is to establish the independent legal institutions that can give effect to the rule of law in emerging democracies,” he said. Roberts, 51, who served as associate council to President Reagan, was guest speaker for the library’s annual Reagan Lecture which traditionally focuses on Reagan’s contributions. Roberts assumed the office of chief justice last September after his nomination by President George W. Bush. Roberts said he had resolved not to accept any speaking engagements during his first year on the court, but changed his mind after Nancy Reagan invited him to the Reagan Library. Roberts is the nation’s youngest chief justice in two centuries and is known for his charm and wit, which he demonstrated throughout a speech that kept the audience laughing Wednesday night. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and the ability to communicate with people of all ages, which is unique,” said Rana Kawar, a third-year law student at Pepperdine University who attended the lecture with fellow classmates and the Pepperdine’s law school dean Kenneth Starr. SIMI VALLEY – In his first major address since being sworn in as chief justice of the United States, John Roberts told a sold-out audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday that lessons he learned from the former president were still helping him today. “Ronald Reagan changed the history of our country for the better and forever,” Roberts told the crowd of 870 people, including Nancy Reagan and President Reagan’s Secretary of State George Schultz. Roberts stressed Reagan’s belief that laws apply to the government as well as the common man. “The rule of law is a cathedral we have to build brick by brick,” he said, referring to the need to help people all over the world share the kind of freedom Americans get through a fair judicial system.