The fighting over the corpse of Anna Nicole Smith goes on. All of this is because of the possible inheritance, of course, and the end result of that will be as in Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, that the lawers get all the money.
Anna Nicole Smith has to wait a little bit longer before she can rest in peace.
Richard Milstein, the court-appointed guardian of Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, and de facto custodian of Smith's remains, announced Saturday that, despite last week's announcement that the former Playmate's burial would happen as quickly as possible and the chief medical examiner's urge for her immediate interment, her funeral would not take place before Tuesday.
In a written statement, Milstein said he nevertheless was working hard on a timely burial and was already finalizing details of the memorial.
The reason for the delay is Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur.
On Thursday, Arthur seemed in harmony with Milstein, Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead during a joint appearance following a Florida judge's decision to have Milstein arrange the burial. The group announced they had agreed to bury Smith in the Bahamas next to her late son, Daniel. But Arthur reversed course soon after and filed a motion late Friday calling for an emergency order to stop the release of Smith's remains.
In her petition to block the body's transfer to the Bahamas, Arthur claimed that as the "natural mother and next of kin" to her late daughter, she, not Milstein, should have been "entitled to make the decision regarding where her child is buried."
I'm surprised that anyone thinks it shouldn't be the mother who decides: but then when this much money is at stake very few are going to be rational.