BUSH BACKS BUXOM BLONDE'S
By GEOFF EARLE
WASHINGTON — Former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith has an unexpected ally in her bid to claim hundreds of millions from the estate of her deceased husband — President Bush.
The Bush administration has filed arguments with the Supreme Court on Smith's behalf.
Smith's lawyers say the administration's solicitor general, Paul Clement, has asked to use about 10 minutes of the time allotted to Smith's attorneys during oral arguments set for February.
"It can't help but give credibility to our position," said Kent Richland, one of Smith's attorneys.
The buxom blonde's case has worked its way through the courts since the 1995 death of her husband, Texas oil baron J. Howard Marshall II.
State courts found that Marshall's son, E. Pierce Marshall, was the only heir.
A federal bankruptcy judge sided with Smith, awarding her $474 million — although a district court judge heard the case again and awarded her $89 million. An appeals court later threw out the ruling on jurisdictional grounds.
The Supreme Court will weigh whether federal courts should have jurisdiction in bankruptcy proceedings of Smith's kind.
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