Administration seeks role in `playmate' court case

December 27, 2005|By NATION DIGEST

WASHINGTON -- Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith has an unusual bedfellow in the Supreme Court fight over her late husband's fortune. The Bush administration's top Supreme Court lawyer filed arguments on Smith's behalf and wants to take part when the case is argued before the justices.

The court will decide early next year whether to let the U.S. solicitor general share time with Smith's attorney during the one-hour argument Feb. 28. Smith is trying to collect millions of dollars from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, the oil tycoon she married in 1994 when he was 89 and she was a 26-year-old topless dancer in Houston. Marshall died in 1995.

The administration's filings in the case are technical. Without getting into specifics, Solicitor General Paul Clement said the justices should protect federal court jurisdiction in disputes.

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