- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2006

[1:50 p.m.]

The Supreme Court ruled today that one-time stripper and Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith could pursue part of her late husband’s oil fortune.

Justices gave new legal life to Mrs. Smith’s bid to collect millions of dollars from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II. Her late husband’s estate has been estimated at as much as $1.6 billion.

Mrs. Smith has been embroiled in a long running cross-country court fight with Mr. Marshall’s youngest son, E. Pierce Marshall. The court’s decision, which was unanimous, means that it will not end anytime soon.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court, said Mrs. Smith should have a fresh chance to pursue claims in federal court.

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