Judge Refuses to Overturn Burial Decision for Anna Nicole


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The judge who cried as he issued his ruling in the Anna Nicole Smith case is refusing to reconsider his decision.

Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, had asked Judge Larry Seidlin to change his mind about turning the body over to the lawyer acting as the guardian for Smith's baby. At the time of his ruling, Seidlin urged that Smith be buried in the Bahamas, with her son.

Today, Seidlin said he won't reconsider.

Hours before he announced his decision in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Arthur's lawyer was up the road in West Palm Beach, asking an appeals court to overturn Seidlin's ruling. The lawyer claims Seidlin treated Arthur "as though she were nothing."

Arthur wants Smith buried in Texas. Her lawyer says it would be an inconvenience for Arthur to go to a cemetery in the Bahamas.