Crime & Justice

Anna Nicole Smith manager can be retried, court rules

File photo: Anna Nicole Smith pictured at the World Music Awards at the Thomas Mack Convention Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007 in Florida.
File photo: Anna Nicole Smith pictured at the World Music Awards at the Thomas Mack Convention Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007 in Florida.
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The California Supreme Court says Anna Nicole Smith's manager can be retried on conspiracy charges related to the model's prescription drug use.

The ruling Monday returns the case to a criminal judge in Los Angeles, but it does not guarantee that Smith's manager Howard K. Stern will be retried.

The ruling states that Stern could face a retrial on two conspiracy charges if a judge grants a request by prosecutors for a new trial and does not find another legal basis to dismiss the case.

Stern was previously acquitted of most of the 11 counts he faced related to the obtaining of prescription drugs for Smith, who died in Florida in 2007.

A jury convicted Stern of two counts of conspiracy in 2010, but a judge later dismissed the case. An appeals court ordered the convictions reinstated and ruled that Stern could not be retried.

Stern's attorney Steve Sadow was not immediately available for comment.