(Edited from AP, Miami) The flamboyant judge brought to fame in the fight over Anna Nicole Smith’s remains says he believes someone is guilty of manslaughter in the starlet’s death and second-guesses his own decision over where she is buried in a book to be released Tuesday.

Larry Seidlin, the former Fort Lauderdale judge, is harshly critical of Smith’s lawyer-turned-companion Howard K. Stern, and of the police investigations into the deaths of the Playboy Playmate and her son. But as provocatively titled as “The Killing of Anna Nicole Smith” is, Seidlin offers no evidence either death was anything more than the accidental drug overdoses they were deemed.

(Edited from AP, Miami) The flamboyant judge brought to fame in the fight over Anna Nicole Smith’s remains says he believes someone is guilty of manslaughter in the starlet’s death and second-guesses his own decision over where she is buried in a book to be released Tuesday.

Larry Seidlin, the former Fort Lauderdale judge, is harshly critical of Smith’s lawyer-turned-companion Howard K. Stern, and of the police investigations into the deaths of the Playboy Playmate and her son. But as provocatively titled as “The Killing of Anna Nicole Smith” is, Seidlin offers no evidence either death was anything more than the accidental drug overdoses they were deemed.

Seidlin presided over the six-day televised hearing into the fate of Smith’s body, shortly after her February 2007 death. His jurisdiction was limited to control of Smith’s body; Florida never charged anyone in connection with her death.

In a phone interview Monday, Seidlin said he wrote the book because he was troubled by the deaths of Smith and her son. “When I was sitting in that trial,” he said, “red flags were flying in front of me and I had a lot of sleepless nights.”

Meanwhile, Stern and two of Smith’s doctors are scheduled to go on trial Aug. 4 on charges that they illegally funneled sedatives and opiates to the model. They have pleaded not guilty and are not charged with causing Smith’s death.

Seidlin says in the book that Stern “exercised a great amount of control over Anna Nicole by maintaining and reviewing her drug desires and addiction.” He calls for reopening investigations into the death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith, in September 2006 and of the model five months later, noting Stern was present at both. He says police bungled the original investigations.

Stern’s attorney, Steve Sadow, said “Any allegations made by Judge Seidlin against Howard K. Stern are truly unworthy of response.”

Throughout the book, though, Seidlin is sympathetic to Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, who fought for her estranged daughter’s burial in her native Texas. He calls for her reburial there, or possibly in California, saying “Her soul and Danny’s soul need to be placed on sacred ground in the Lone Star state with people who grew up with her and loved her in her simpler days.”

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