"This case should not be tried in the court of public opinion," the attorney says after Stern is charged with felonies

By Howard Breuer
March 13, 2009 08:30 PM

The Florida attorney who represented Howard K. Stern two years ago in the tug-of-war over the remains of Anna Nicole Smith says he’s a victim, not a felon.

“The television, tabloid and Internet trial of Mr. Stern in the court of public opinion has been based on sensational lies, speculation, rumor and gossip,” Krista Barth claims in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “Unfortunately, it appears that criminal charges have now been brought by the state of California based on this same type of misinformation.”

California Attorney General Jerry Brown told a news conference Friday that Stern was the “enabler” in a conspiracy to feed Smith’s drug addiction. Stern, 40, and two doctors were charged Thursday with felonies for allegedly furnishing illegally obtained prescription drugs to the Playboy model prior to her overdose death.