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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Defense wraps in Smith case

Defense wraps in Smith case

LOS ANGELES — Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer-boyfriend trusted the two doctors on trial with him to ease the suffering of the woman he loved with prescription drugs, his attorney told jurors Friday in closing arguments.

Howard K. Stern wasn’t qualified to second-guess the doctors’ medical judgment, attorney Steve Sadow said. The doctors, Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich, acted in good faith prescribing medications for Smith’s physical and emotional pain after the birth of her daughter and death of her son, Sadow said.

Stern and the two doctors have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to give the model excessive opiates and sedatives to feed an addiction. They are not charged in her 2007 overdose death.

Stern is charged as an aider and abettor to the doctors’ actions. Sadow said that to be convicted, ‘‘Howard has to know when a prescription is written that the doctor intended to break the law.’’

Al Pacino to star in film about Spector

NEW YORK — HBO says Al Pacino is set to star as legendary record producer Phil Spector in a TV film to be written and directed by David Mamet.

The film will tell the story of Spector, who long ago recorded such acts as the Beatles, Cher and the Ramones. Now, at age 70, he’s serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life for murder. He was convicted for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson.

The 70-year-old Pacino starred in ‘‘You Don’t Know Jack’’ earlier this year as Jack Kevorkian.

New ‘Potter’ flick to be 2-D

LOS ANGELES — The new ‘‘Harry Potter’’ film won’t be as dimensional as it was supposed to be.

Warner Bros. Studios says the seventh installment in the popular boy-wizard franchise will be released only in standard 2-D, not 3-D as planned.

The studio said in a statement Friday that it was not able to complete the 3-D conversion of ‘‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’’ in time for its scheduled Nov. 19 release date, and it didn’t want to keep fans waiting.

‘‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’’ will be released in both 2-D and 3-D.