Frank Frazetta

Call Him The Death Master

Broward County Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin seems to be on something of a power trip regarding his control over the (allegedly decaying) corpse of one Anna Nicole Smith. From today's Miami Herald article by Nikki Waller and Roberto Santiago on the court battle over the body: ------------------------------- "Although Broward Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Perper has urged release of the body so that it can be embalmed and be presentable for an open-casket viewing, Seidlin said he is in no hurry to do so.

''This body belongs to me now,'' said Seidlin, who plans to hold as many hearings as it takes to determine who has the right to bury Smith. 'For the moment, this body is staying right here.''

He also shrugged off any concerns that Smith's corpse may be decomposing.

'That baby is in in a cold, cold storage room, it's not decaying so fast,' he said. 'I'm not rushing -- we're gonna spend a lot of time together.'" ---------------------------------------

WTF? Did Seidlin just refer to a rotting corpse as "that baby"? Just what the Smith case needs, an absolutely batshit judge.

After the Jump: Pulp Falls On Face, Emerges Stronger

In this space for, thankfully, a small amount of time during low traffic hours, was a post about Alan Becker criticizing Michael Putney. The problem with the post is that I assumed, stupidly, that it was written as by the Alan Becker that heads a major local law firm. It was actually done by an Alan Becker that is a freelance writer. My apologies to all involved, including myself, since I have been terribly humiliated by this experience.

Oops -- turns out there's TWO Alan Beckers in the public eye. One is the head of a law firm, the other is a freelance cultural writer. I rather moronically assumed they were one in the same.

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