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MEN ARE LINING UP to claim that they are the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby. But they could be mistaken if they think paternity will automatically mean a pot of gold. Instead, they could be stepping into a monumental legal fight over the child. Moreover, it is not at all clear whether the little girl is a million-dollar baby, as some seem to think. There’s the matter of Smith’s 2001 will, which was released last week. The document said that her longtime companion Howard K. Stern should hold the former Playboy Playmate’s estate in trust for her son, Daniel, who died last year, three days after Smith gave birth to her daughter. “I have intentionally omitted to provide for my spouse and other heirs, including future spouses and children and other descendants now living and those hereafter born or adopted,” Smith said in the will. The question of how much money the daughter might stand to inherit remains murky. “It’s a very, very confused case,” said Beverly Hills, Calif., family law attorney Alexandra Leichter. “Whoever is going to claim to be the father had better get a good lawyer in the Bahamas.” -ASSOCIATED PRESS Jurors in love LOVE WAS IN THE AIR as the defense rested its case in the I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby perjury trial last week. The development happened to transpire on Valentine’s Day, which the jury decided to mark by traipsing into the courtroom wearing identical red T-shirts with white valentine hearts over their clothes, according to an account in the New York Times. One of the jurors rose to speak, rendering U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton “visibly anxious that the juror might say something inappropriate that could threaten the trial,” the Times said. No worry: The juror explained that the costume expressed fondness for the judge and courtroom staff. Walton appeared increasingly uncomfortable as the juror affirmed that the panel was unanimous in that sentiment. Even so, one juror proved a holdout, at least in terms of the wardrobe for the day. The newspaper reported that she had been a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. -STAFF REPORTS The last to know ARNOLD & PORTER would like everyone to know that it raised pay for first-year associates to $145,000. Well, everyone except the associates. Legal Times reported on Feb. 5 that the firm was raising salaries for all associates to match the pay hike made by other Washington-based firms. But Arnold & Porter didn’t move as quickly as the printing press. A number of the firm’s associates subsequently contacted the NLJ-afflilated newspaper asking where their $10,000 might be. The firm finally made good on its promise by the end of the week, although it would not explain the delay. The latest firms to reach $145,000 for Washington first-years are Wiley Rein, Holland & Knight and Arent Fox. -LEGAL TIMES Sign language IT SHOULD BE obvious to anyone with criminal intentions entering Saline County, Ark., on Chicot Road from Little Rock that they aren’t welcome. A new 3-by-3-foot sign went up after a judge expressed concern to county officials that crime seemed to be rising in the area. The sign reads, “Warning” in big red letters. In black letters, it says: “Entering Saline County Jail Space Available.” “We hope [the sign] intimidates the criminals, but also for the people living in that area to feel safe in their homes,” said state District Judge Mike Robinson. -ASSOCIATED PRESS

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