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Anna's Mom Lawyers Up

2/13/2007 4:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Virgie Arthur and Larry BirkheadTMZ has learned Anna Nicole Smith's mother has hired a Florida lawyer to get Anna's body released for burial.

We've confirmed that Virgie Arthur has hired Coral Gables attorney Stephen Tunstall to secure the body. But there's a catch: There are two outstanding California court orders preventing burial. A judge has put a hold on the release of the body; a second order demands a DNA sample from Smith.

We're told Larry Birkhead's lawyer, Debra Opri, will ask a Miami court to "domesticate" both orders from the California court. If granted, the orders would have full force and effect in Florida. We're told Opri is making the requests in Florida today and tomorrow.

But there's a twist. We're told Birkhead has no objections to releasing the body, provided he gets a DNA sample sent to the lab he selected. For some reason, we're told Stephen Tunstall has not agreed to release the DNA to Birkhead's lab.

TMZ spoke with Tunstall, who said "I have been retained by Virgie. I do not wish to have any contact with anybody in the media."

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31.

Jill    

NEWS FLASH -- this is all about money. Not an innocent child. Nothing brings out the white trash like a little moolah. So freaking sad.

2817 days ago
32.

Scott    

This is a tragedy.. People seem to be missing the bigger picture.. an aledgedly overly jealous Howard K Stern.. Everyone who knew Anna could attest to Howard's controlling nature.

Some say he fostered Ana's anymosity with her mother. Although Anna and her mother had difficult periods (mainly due to her mom's disapproval), they seemed to have a change to reconcile with the birth of the baby... Many were surprised of "her" decision to go to the Bahamas. Anna was not one to run away from people; It seems to me Howard preferred to have her isolated.

He should be investigated.. His alledged control and emotional/mental mind games beat her down to the point that after Daniel's death, she no longer cared and agreed to marry him...

2817 days ago
33.

MissNYC    

This is sick...Anna HATED her mother and will role over in her coffin wherever her mom takes her. That's probably that sick woman's ultimate revenge. Anna's wishes should be honored and she would NEVER want that and everyone knows that. It should not be allowed!

2817 days ago
34.

Libby    

The reason ANS hated her mother is because her mother tried to SAVE her all these years when she saw she was going down the wrong path. The woman worked as a Deputy Sheriff and she also took care of Daniel for the first few years of his life.

2817 days ago
35.

libbylin    

Vergie can have Daniel's body moved to the US for burial beside his mom.

2817 days ago
36.

gotta getta life    

First-Virgie is no lady. Second-she knew she was not welcome in Anna's life nor was she welcome in Anna's children's lives. She is after money, plain and simple. She has no rights here. An executor was named and she was deliberately excluded. Anna deserves to at least rest in peace-Virgie never let her live in peace.

2817 days ago
37.

Patty    

No,No,No.....Doesn't this mother get it!!!! Anna didn't want anything to do with her mother....Please don't let her have her for her final Resting Place...Do what Anna would of wanted....NOT what her mother, or Birkhead wants...let HKS just have her for burial and get this damn thing over with...Think of the wishes of the Dead not the living....if her mother gets her I hope Anna comes back to Haunt her!!!!

2817 days ago
38.

Steven    

some how my comments i sent didnt get posted.(Amended)

Anna's Mom Claims she didnt want any of her money but is more then willing to Take her body. Odd that her mother was the last person Anna wanted to even think of taking her. Then she was in the bahammas trying to get her Grandchild Lets see Danilyn Would be a sole heir to Millions of dollars If she got her grandchild guess what She would be control of her finaces till she was 18 (didnt want Anna's money HUH?) Like I said if Howard was the father He would have control of the money till she was 18. Then Again Like i said I feel bad if something happened before she turned 18 and ended up dead and all the money goes to Howard. Strange With Daniel out of the way and Anna and if he is the father of the girl she would still get the money. Money is the root of all evil and I still Think Howard Killed them off just a thought HKS isnt his initals it is Howard.Killed. the SMITHS

Besides already 5 people claimed to be the father of the baby the whos your daddy stock just keeps rising just like that old J.Lo Joke Give it a week/2 you would be married to her to but in reverse give it a week or two and you might admit as well to be the baby of Anna's Child LOL Money is always the root of all evil!!!

2817 days ago
39.

meg    

hahah, at a glance, I thought Anna's mom was Don Vito!

man those two sure would make some purdy babies.

roflmao.

hey, speaking of Don Vito, whatever became of his sexual assult case, or whatev?

2817 days ago
40.

Jeanette    

4 u r delusional. If she was not in it for the money why would this process of actually getting the body be held up cause she doesnt want the dna done? Cause she has got it worked out in her small little head somehow she can cash in on things before paternity is revealed.

Stern must have done some fancy footwork to get the emergency dna blocked otherwise why in the HELL would a judge not put a stop to this circus so this poor child could be reunited with her blood if not someone that may actually see her as something other than a cash cow????

GET THE PATERNITY TEST DONE ALREADY FOR F***S SAKE

2817 days ago
41.

chattyida    

Anna's mother IS her next-of-kin, NOT Howard Stern. Thank God she is going end Howard's control over Anna. I'm glad that Stern cannot control Anna in death as he did in life. Anna may have hated her mother, but her mother DID NOT hate Anna. No matter what your children say or do .... you still love them.
Taking control of Anna's body DOES NOT enrich her mother.

2817 days ago
42.

Patty    

Absolutly Not....With what I saw on ET lastnight and right out of Anna's own mouth she didn't want anything to do with her mother,she should not be given Anna's body for burial....Nor should Birkhead...Period...Let HKS have her and get this thing over with ....Then let the courts and legal systems do what they have to do....Stop it already....let her Rest In Peace and layed to Rest with her son...Pray for the Child Now....

2817 days ago
43.

Save Shiloh from Angelina ~    


I think this woman ANS's mother is a fat slob and a total leech ! She is as bad if not worse than HKS ! This c**t is pocketing $$$$ from interviews too ! and the only reason she even gives a sh*t now is because there is money involved !!

I was on Larry's side until he brought thisfat p.o.s in !!

Honestly ... the baby would be much better off adopted by a stable family with morals . Put her money in savings until she is 18 .

2817 days ago
44.

Louie    

I think anna's mother is a good person and should be the one to raise anna's daughter. It is the girls grandmother. Anna's mother meens no harm she just wants whats right for her daughter vicky lynn.

2817 days ago
45.

Shar    

SOMEONEPLEASE CHARGE HOWARD WANNABE (NEVER BEEN AN ATTORNEY-LEACHED ONTO ANNA'S MONEY) STERN. HE PLANNED THIS ENTIRE THING! PEOPLE WILL TESTIFY TO HER SCREAMING IN THE HOSPITAL AT HIM "YOU DID THIS" I THINK HE HOOKED THEM BOTH ON METH AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE. HE TOOK A 1MIL. DEAL INTERVIEW RIGHT AFTER ANNA DIED !! AND DROVE HER 1MIL+ BOAT BACK TO THE BAHAMA'S - THE SLOW BOAT WAY. THEY HAVE MORE THAN ONE AUDIO TAPE OF ANNA TEARFULLY CALLING HER MOTHER (WHO RAISED DANIEL FOR SEVERAL YEARS) TO TELL HER HE PASSED WITH HOWARD YELLING AND SLAMMING THE PHONE DOWN - HE CONTROLLED, DRUGGED AND MANIPULATED THEM BOTH. NOW HE HAS A BAHAMIAN ATTORNEY TO TRY AND STEAL THAT HOUSE - THE BABY - HER MONEY AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE. I WISH PEOPLE WOULD STOP PAYING HIM FOR INTERVIEWS AND THE PREGNENCY PHOTOS HE'S TRYING TO SELL.! EVIL, BLOODSUCKING BASTARD !

2817 days ago
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