By Jenifer Santiago
CBS4 News Team, Anchor/Reporter

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The Ringmaster Of The Anna Nicole Death Circus

CBS4) FT. LAUDERDALE: He’s known to be the no-nonsense judge sorting out the claims for Anna Nicole’s body, but Judge Larry Seidlin has left many wondering about him and his courtroom antics.

It’s not an ordinary case, so it’s only befitting that it not get an ordinary judge. For the past two weeks, the international media has heard the antics of Broward County Judge Larry Seidlin, handling the dispute over Anna Nicole’s body.

“It’s a piece of paper that’s purported to be a will, that causes me to lose more hair than I have already lost,” said Seidlin on Tuesday, as he looked at paperwork provided by Howard K. Stern’s legal team.

Comments such as this one has some in the legal community questioning how competent he may be to handle this case. It’s got others calling him the ringleader of a three-ring media circus. However, Seidlin is a judge with more than 20 years of experience.

Some of the expressions he used when handling the case, left him apologizing, such as when he referred to Anna Nicole’s body last week as ‘my baby’. He later apologized for that comment and has since taken a more serious stance when talking about the body.

“We want to give respect and peace to Ms. Smith’s body,” he said this week.

Nonetheless, this is not the first time that Seidlin’s credentials have been questioned. In 2004, a poll of the bar association showed that 20 percent of lawyers didn’t think he was qualified for the job, putting him at the bottom of the list of judges in the county.

Seidlin, a native New Yorker, paid for his way through law school by driving a taxi and was appointed in 1989 as a circuit judge. In 1978 he was elected as a county judge, making him one of the youngest judges to be elected, at age 28.

Seidlin may be just what this case needs, because time is not on anyone’s side on this one.

Source: cbs4.com – The Ringmaster Of The Anna Nicole Death Circus

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