Hear about the new book coming out from former Judge (and RRA client) Larry Seidlin? It is -- surprise -- about the Anna Nicole Smith case, and its provocative title can be seen on the cover above.
The book, from Transit Publishing, is expected out in June. From a summary in Amazon (in which the title is altered):
"In his first book, The Killing of Anna Nicole Smith, retired judge Larry Seidlin unveils the truth behind one of the most watched trials in television history. Based on eyewitness accounts, trial transcripts, and confidential files, his three-year, in-depth investigation reveals what really happened on February 8, 2007, the day Anna Nicole Smith passed away."
A three-year, in-depth investigation, eh? Yes, our own Lightning Larry has always been known for his probing intellect and depthy research, at least when he wasn't speeding through dockets, playing tennis on the taxpayers' dime, or fleecing elderly neighbor Barbara Kasler out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Seidlin in my opinion is a
con man, plain and simple. But I'll spare you a rant about him. Remember the stolen Anna Nicole x-rays mysteriously discovered in a trash bin in Seidlin's building, though? At the time, it was speculated that the judge was collecting Anna Nicole souvenirs that might be valuable someday and that might come in handy for a... book. Well, here we are.
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Here's an excerpt from the lawsuit filed against the ex-judge alleging that he engaged in a "calculated plan to monopolize Kasler's life in an effort to obtain and/or use her funds, assets and property for [his] own benefit."
It should be noted here that recently hired part-time Daily Pulp research assistant Lyn Evans does contract work on Kasler's case for the law firm Conrad & Scherer. That has no bearing on my reporting on Seidlin (I first broke the story about Seidlin and Kasler three years ago, after all). From the lawsuit:
Seidlin spent an inordinate amount of time with Kasler in her apartment. Seidlin was overly affectionate and physical with Kasler. Seidlin would often publicly fawn over Kasler, touching her face, tousling her hair, and calling her "my baby."
Seidlin would sleep in Kasler's bedroom. He also showered at Kasler's apartment and would leave articles of his clothing at her apartment. When Kasler received sponge baths and was dressed and undressed by her aides, Seidlin often would not leave the room, but rather, would sit bedside.
Because of the pervasive manipulation and isolation of Kasler, she became totally dependent ...