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No verdict yet in Anna Nicole Smith trial

By Alan Duke, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jury has deliberated more than 20 hours already
  • Howard K. Stern and 2 doctors are charged with conspiring to feed Smith's drug addiction
  • The defense argued Smith was not an addict under California law
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Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Jurors in the drug trial of Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend-lawyer Howard K. Stern and two doctors begin their fifth day of deliberations Monday.

Stern and Drs. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich are charged with conspiring to feed the reality TV star and Playboy model's drug addiction and using false names to obtain the drugs over the last three years of her life.

The three defendants are not charged in Smith's February 2007 death in a Florida hotel, which a medical examiner ruled was an accidental overdose of a sleep aid combined with a viral flu.

The six men and six women on the jury spent more than 20 hours over four days last week considering the two months of testimony in the trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The case raised questions about ethical boundaries in a doctor-patient relationship, the prescribing of painkillers and anti-anxiety medicines and the use of fake names when treating celebrities.

The defense called only one witness -- an expert who concluded that Smith suffered from chronic pain, depression and anxiety, not drug addiction.

Her drug dependency was legal since it was for legitimate medical purposes, including for treatment of her pain and anxiety, defense lawyers argued.

The prosecution said the doctors never said no to Smith's drug seeking because they wanted to be part of her celebrity entourage.

False names were used by Stern and the doctors to hide excessive prescriptions from the state's computer system that monitors drug usage, prosecutors argued. The defense said it is a common practice in Hollywood, used to protect celebrities' privacy from prying tabloid reporters.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Perry hinted that if the defendants are found guilty, he would consider "possible selective prosecution issues" when sentencing them. He would have the power to reduce most of the felony charges to misdemeanors.

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