- The Washington Times - Friday, May 25, 2001

Judge tosses award in Playmate estate tiff
SANTA ANA, Calif. A federal judge yesterday threw out a U.S. bankruptcy court ruling that gave former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith $475 million from her late husbands estate.
U.S. District Court Judge David Carter said he will review the case himself. He called his ruling neither a victory nor defeat for either side.
Mrs. Smith, 33, met oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1991 while she was a stripper. He died at age 90 in August 1995, 14 months after they married.
Her stepson E. Pierce Marshall appealed the $475 million judgment in a California bankruptcy court, questioning whether California had jurisdiction and whether a bankruptcy issue was at stake.

Giuliani replaces wife as Gracie hostess

NEW YORK Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani removed his estranged wife from the position of hostess of Gracie Mansion yesterday as his attorneys appealed a ruling that bars his girlfriend from the mayoral residence.
Irene Halligan, the citys protocol commissioner, was appointed hostess in place of Donna Hanover. Mr. Giuliani, who filed for divorce from Mrs. Hanover last fall, would not rule out the possibility he would yank city funding from the Office of the First Lady.
"All those decisions will get made, but Im not going to discuss it," he said. "I think any discussion that I have of it would be misused or misinterpreted."

88-year-old nun jailed in protest

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Twenty-four peace activists, including an 88-year-old nun, were sentenced to prison for trespassing at a Georgia training school for Latin American soldiers that critics link to human rights abuses, a spokesman said yesterday.
Twenty defendants, who ranged in age from 19 to 88, were ordered to serve six months in prison, the maximum prison sentence allowed on a single trespass charge. Among those receiving six-month terms from U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Mallon Faircloth Wednesday were two Franciscan nuns, Sisters Dorothy and Gwendolyn Hennessey of Dubuque, Iowa, 88 and 68, respectively.

Downey enters plea in drug case

INDIO, Calif. — Actor Robert Downey Jr. pleaded not guilty yesterday to reduced drug charges stemming from his arrest in November at a Palm Springs hotel.
The 36-year-old actor, who wore amber-tinted glasses and a conservative blue suit, didnt speak during the hearing at a Riverside County courtroom. He is scheduled to return to court on July 16.
Mr. Downey faces one felony count of possessing cocaine and one misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Prosecutors reduced another charge of possessing Valium from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Authorities say they found the drugs in his hotel room after receiving an anonymous call.

Prosecutor: Doctor killed wife over secrets

WELLESLEY, Mass. — A well-known doctor murdered his wife after she discovered his secret life of prostitutes and pornography, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday in his opening statement.
Dr. Dirk Greineder is accused of striking his wife, Mabel, in the back of the head with a hammer and slitting her throat during an early morning stroll on Halloween 1999.

Compulsive shopper spared prison

CHICAGO — A judge has ruled that a 47-year-old woman need not go to prison for stealing nearly a quarter million dollars because she is a compulsive shopper who used the money on buying binges to self-treat her depression.
Judge Matthew Kennelly of the U.S. District Court held in Wednesdays ruling that Elizabeth Roach — a $175,000-a-year consultant — had a "diminished mental capacity" and should be placed on probation for five years instead of the up to 18 months in jail she could have received. That way, he said, she could continue her therapy.


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