(AP) A judge ordered another DNA sample be taken from Anna Nicole Smith's body Thursday as he heard often fiery arguments in the fight over the former Playboy Playmate's remains and custody of her infant daughter.
The swab of Smith's cheek was to be taken during a lunchtime recess, despite the objections of attorneys for her longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, and her estranged mother, Vergie Arthur, and testimony from the medical examiner and DNA experts that such an additional sample was likely not necessary.
There is a rumor that Ms. Smith may have used frozen sperm from her late husband, Mr. Marshall. That may be why Howard K. Stern is trying to keep the paternity from coming to light. With the baby goes more than a diaper bag. One would think that if they knew for a fact that they were the father, they'd be more than glad to allow it to come to light, legally.
But much is at stake here. And Mr. Stern's objections make me wonder if he knows he is not, and doesn't want the cash cow to dry up on him.
Once paternity is established, then the child can start the process of having what we all hope is a (somewhat) normal life. But if it turns out that Mr. Marshall is the father, then a whole new can of worms is opened. If this turns out to be the case, Anna Nicole's mother (and the rest of that side of the family) will be in a position to lay claim to the child. But, being the skeptic I am, I have little trouble believing that the Marshall family will fight to get her, as well.
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive.