A judge has dropped two charges against Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer and sometime boyfriend -- obtaining drugs for her by fraud and deceit, including use of false names, the Associated Press reports.
Superior Court Judge Robert Perry also dismissed part of a conspiracy count against Howard K. Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, ruling there was insufficient proof that the two men conspired to obtain controlled drugs through fraud and deceit.
But in his ruling Wednesday, Perry allowed the balance of that conspiracy charge to stand and said the bulk of the 11-count complaint would go to the jury for verdicts. Attorneys were scheduled for closing arguments on Monday.
Stern, Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to prescribe, administer and dispense a controlled substance to an addict. They are not charged in Smith's 2007 overdose death.