Jury selection for the Anna Nicole Smith death case has begun. Anna Nicole Smith’s death is being blamed on Howard K Stern, Dr Sandeep Kapoor and Dr Khristine Eroshevich. Stern, Kapoor and Eroshevich are accused of illegally providing Anna Nicole Smith with opiates and sedatives, but they are not charged with causing Anna Nicole Smith’s 2007 death.
Superior Court Judge Robert Perry put prospective jurors on notice that the case was high profile and it’s likely they will already know about the life of Anna Nicole Smith.
Among those allowed to fill out a questionnaire in the first phase of the selection process — a professional who works with addictive drugs.
“I work for a hospital and I know what Oxycodone does to people,” explained a candidate. “I’ve had relatives that got hooked into it.”
When asked if she could review the evidence fairly she replied, “I think I could be fair.”
The prospective juror was then allowed to fill out the 14-page questionnaire and could wind up on the jury.
Another woman in the selection process couldn’t hold back her anger for Howard K Stern. The woman, a fan of Anna Nicole Smith’s former reality show, glared at Howard K Stern from across the courtroom and openly said she did not like him because the former Playboy model, “pushed him around and I thought he should have been tougher.” She was also asked to fill out a questionnaire.
In an unusual request, jurors in this particular case are required to provide medical histories and drugs they have used. It’s also being asked that they disclose if they or anyone they know have abused prescription drugs, and if they socialize with their doctors.
The questions in the 14-page questionnaire are very specific to the case. They were asked whether they ever had a doctor make a house call — as Kapoor did for Anna Nicole Smith — or whether they ever obtained a prescription without going to a doctor’s office — as Anna Nicole Smith also did.
Also included in the questionnaire is a list of 94 potential trial witnesses. Names included on the list are the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Larry Birkhead, Smith’s bodyguard and his wife, two nannies who worked for Anna Nicole Smith in the Bahamas and the Florida medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Anna Nicole Smith’s body.
The hopeful jurors who fill out the form will return August 2 for in-depth questioning. The trial could last three months and opening statements are scheduled for August 4.