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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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61.

A. Scott    

No one has yet told why ANS supposedly hated her mother. Why did she leave Daniel in her care for the first 6-7 years of his life? People say he was such a good child. Certainly, that grandmother had something to do with that. If he changed, he changed under his mother's care and through her associations. ANS knew the grandmother loved Daniel. Why did she even bother to call her to let her know Daniel had died? Because somewhere in her mind she knew this was truly someone who loved the boy as she did. Too bad they were not allowed to talk during this time. Maybe this was the the stabilizing force she needed in her grief---the woman who gave birth to her, fed her and clothed her the best she could, the woman who bandaged her cut fingers as a child, took her to her first day of school--and whom she trusted to care for her own son until SHE could take him. We don't KNOW the facts---only the ramblings of a young woman ---possibly brainwashed and driving too fast on a road with too steep cliffs. If the Mother eventually gets money, then good for her. Whatever happened toANS, the mother didn't kill her.

2705 days ago
62.

Kathy    

My prauers are with the Vergie, mom and grandmother, of the late Vicky Lynn Hogan Smith & Daniel.

I support and applaud Vergie and her family for her obvious love, concern, and justified involvment in her daughter's & grandson's VERY QUESTIONABLE , SUDDEN, EARLY DEATHS WHERE HOWARD STERN WAS IN THE PICTURE.

Vergie, is not only a concerned, loving mother that did her best , but is also a seasoned 28 year heteran of a sheriff's dpt.

Vergie is A knowledgible, credible, rightfully concerned woman , parent, & grandmother.

I pray that she succeeds in her search for truth & justice in these deaths and PRIMARILY that she is able ( and gets all the possible hep she can) to SAVE HER BABY GRANDUAGHTER from any sudden death, and a loveless, parentless life, and just a thing used for money!

GOOD LUCK VERGIE. GOD SPEED BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS!

2705 days ago
63.

rose    

I DO BELEIVE THAT THE BABY IS LARRYS IF U LOOK AT THE LITTLE ONE AND SEEHER FACE YOU CAN SEE SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE HER REAL DAD LARRY WHAT A RESEMBLANCE WITH THE TWO . DADDY AND DAUGHTER.

2705 days ago
64.

concerned    

It is a sad situation. A mother does not want to see her children die before she does. But, any mother would do what Virgie is doing, money or no money. She has more right to have a say in what happens to Anna's body then Howard Stern does. He manipulated Anna and turned her against her family. Sure, she said she hated her mother. She was on drugs. You don't think or act right on drugs. Howard probably didn't get help for her because he knew if she was thinking clearly, she'd get rid of his ass. He's dangerous and I'm afraid for the baby to be with him. How many people does he have to kill before he is arrested?

2705 days ago
65.

Rob Dumont    

We could only hope she ends up where her skanky daughter is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And someone please take Howie out!

2705 days ago
66.

duh    

Deputy Sheriffs aren't usually smart, don't very often make good decisions and are jerks with big egos most of the time. Daniel was a big boy, if he loved this grandmother that "raised" him why didn't he have contact with her? He loved his mother very much. His mother loved him. Neither of them love Virgie. She may be the mother here but Anna hated her.
No one deserves this baby.....they are all sick. Jerkheads lawyer is trying to make a name for herself too. What a sad situation. No one deserves the baby or Anna or Daniel.

2705 days ago
67.

armymom    

The woman is dead.......God Bless Her...

2705 days ago
68.

Behind the HardRock    

I'll bet Anna's mom would have taken her to a hospital when her fever reached 105 rather than leaving her in a Casino Hotel room. I guess she didn't want the publicity... sad irony. What was everyone thinking?

2705 days ago
69.

NAM    

This woman is amazing! She hasn't tried to see that baby for the last 5 months and has done nothing but slam her daughter to the media, and NOW she's boohooing all over the place? She and Larry Birkhead both need go away. Their 15 minutes has long since passed and I'm sick of the two of them.

2705 days ago
70.

LT    

wow...her mother wants to bury her and she's a bitch? Meanwhile Howie K....has that baby....hoping for a pay-day. Figure it out people...that baby needs to be away from him. He was there when both Daniel and the twit OD'd.

2705 days ago
71.

Miapocca    

Howard is not guilty of anything i fyou ask me.................

Anna is grown women who stepped over anyone is any relationship she had, thus most people who had a relationship with her, run off or did not end well

Those who are willing to be stepped on and cater to her every wish are the ones who remain with her, and tus HKS and Marshall...........She just never learned to treat people right and it may have been the result of her upbringing but it was a personality trait, I guess you cant both be beautiful and good..the Rose had thorns

Her mother, form what I heard on TV the other day does not deserve to be anyones mother, maybe a result o editing, but I dont trust her ..she wants the money

They all want the money, but if youa sk Howard earned it , by stickign with her all these years and being treated like a MOSQUITO..evident in the reality show


Anna life was tragic, beautiful , problems each second of the day...loss of a child and leaving one behind...........didnt think someone of her emotional consitution could survive the loss of a child..........too bad she didnt die before Danny. so she would have been spared that particular heartbreak

2705 days ago
72.

ANGEL GONZALES    

I THINK SHE SHOULD STAY OUT OF THIS ANNA COULD NOT STAND HER MOTHER AND IF SHE WAS ANY KIND OF MOM SHE WOULD RESPECT ANNA SO GO BACK HOMKE LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2705 days ago
73.

Louie    

God Bless Vergie and may she win this case. She should be the one with anna's baby. Howard K. Stern is a idiot that just wants anna's money. It is clear that the baby didnt come from him! he is just so ugly, that no child that beautiful could have any relation to that. If Larry turns out to be the father he should have joint custody with Vergie. I feel that anna nicole's mother is doing what is the best thing for her family. And for all you dumb-asses that say Vergie was a bad mom its not her fault her teen daughter did what she did, and from news reports people say when the camra wasn't on anna she was a good southern woman with good southern values

2705 days ago
74.

ANGEL GONZALES    

HEY GOOOOOO HOME ANNA DID NOT CARE FOR YOU AT ALL PLEASE RESPECT HER MY GOSH SHE IS DEAD LEAVE HER ALONE LET HER REST WITH HER SON BACK OFF OLD LADY

2705 days ago
75.

Donna    

Oh come on people, look back at all the interviews etc. Larry Birkhead denied he was the baby's father in one of the interviews, now that she could be a very rich little girl all of the worms are coming out from under the woodwork. Look at her mother, now she cares about Anna???? I'm sorry, I was raised with a mother like Anna's and to this day I still hate her and I'm 53 and she's never changed. Look at the half sister, she's out to get her book some BIG publicity and she's doing it at Anna's and Stern's expense. At least Howard K. Stern was with Anna and he never dumped her or dumped on her. She did a couple of interviews saying how Stern was her best friend and then she did another after Daniel's death, saying if it hadn't been for Stern and the baby she wouldn't be here, AND SHE WAS SERIOUS. Nobody ever cared so much about her like Stern did. When people saw her suffering, the the cheers went up. Where were all of you and where was her mother and sister when she was going through all of that stuff??????? What a bunch of hypocrits.

2705 days ago
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