And so the circus begins again. This time they are sending in the clowns.
Anna Nicole Smith's former boyfriend and two doctors pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles on Wednesday to charges they conspired to provide prescription drugs to the former model before her overdose death two years ago.
The allegations have breathed new life into a case that placed the media spotlight on South Florida and a corpse.
The 39-year-old Smith died of an accidental overdose in her Seminole Hard Rock hotel room in 2007. What followed soon afterward was a soap opera-like courtroom saga that had a cast of new characters capitalizing on the media attention.
There was a crying judge, the misfit mom, a weasel lawyer-turned-boyfriend, and a million-dollar baby.
Prosecutors allege Stern was the principal enabler in a conspiracy to provide Smith thousands of prescription pills.
The commissioner granted a motion requiring each defendant to provide a handwriting sample and she scheduled a June 8 court date to determine when a preliminary hearing in the case will begin.