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Nov 2, 2012 11:31 PM by CJ, The Associated Press

DA seeks rehearing in Anna Nicole Smith drug case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors are asking a California appeals court to change its ruling and allow a retrial for Howard K. Stern, the former boyfriend and manager of Anna Nicole Smith.

The court ruled Oct. 19 that a trial judge erred in dismissing conspiracy convictions against Stern and Smith's psychiatrist, but it said Stern could not be retried without violating his protection against double jeopardy.

The case revolved around obtaining prescription drugs for the celebrity model under false names.

The trial judge found it was not unusual for celebrities to use fake names to protect their privacy. The appellate court gave no guidance on what the trial judge should do next.

The motion filed Friday asked that the court modify its ruling or grant a rehearing.

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