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Court urged to stay out of Anna Nicole Smith case

WASHINGTON -- The widow of the man who fought Anna NicoleSmith over a Texas millionaire's oil fortune is urging the SupremeCourt to stay out of a long-running legal battle over Smith'sestate.

Elaine Marshall, in court papers filed Friday, said that a courtorder preventing Smith's estate from collecting $88.5 million fromthe estate of Marshall's late husband, E. Pierce Marshall, shouldremain in place while the federal appeals court in San Franciscotries to sort out the tangle of competing claims.

Howard K. Stern, Smith's lawyer-turned-boyfriend, asked JusticeAnthony Kennedy to lift the appeals court order. Stern said thatSmith's 2-year-old daughter, Dannielynn, is the sole beneficiary ofSmith's estate.

Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007.

Stern, who claimed he was the girl's father until DNA testsshowed otherwise, has been charged with conspiring to give Smiththousands of prescription pills before her death.

Pierce Marshall was the youngest son of oil tycoon J. HowardMarshall II, who married Smith in 1994 when he was 89 and she was26. The elder Marshall died the following year.

Pierce Marshall died in 2006.

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