It's been 2 years since Howard K. Stern was cleared of 9 felonies but convicted of conspiracy for his contribution to the death of Anna Nicole Smith.
Stern allegedly used a fake name to acquire prescription drugs for the late actress.
The good news for Stern at the time was that the judge in the case did not feel there was enough evidence for a conspiracy conviction and threw it out.
The bad news for Stern at this time is that an appellate panel disagrees. They wrote in their decision:
"His knowledge and involvement was such the jury could reasonably conclude Mr. Stern, a lawyer, knowingly participated in the ongoing illegal practice of securing illegal prescriptions."
The panel must now decide whether to dismiss the charges entirely and for good, or to sentence Stern based on the original conviction.
Stern will have to sweat it out as the panel decides.
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