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COURT WATCH: Anna Nicole Flirts With Possible Mistrial

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Never underestimate the seriousness of a dumbbell injury.

According to Reuters, the arm injury sustained by Anna Nicole Smith two weeks ago from a slipped barbell could force a mistrial in the 32-year-old blonde bombshell's fortune-seeking lawsuit for a piece of her late husband J. Howard Marshall's estate.

Doctors from both sides in the case examined Smith on Tuesday and will testify today in a hearing to determine if the trail, now in its fourth week, should go forward or be reset for a later date.

Smith had been out of court to better nurse her ailing arm in a local hospital. According to the report, Smith's attorney is asking the presiding judge to consider a mistrial because of his client's prolonged absence.

If a mistrial is granted, a new trial with a new jury would be set.

FRANKIE, ANNETTE & MACY'S: The Associated Press reports that surf granddaddy and grandmommy Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are suing the department chain Macy's for using their photos in a brochure without their permission. Avalon and Funicello want their photos removed and are seeking $250,000 each in damage.

TEACHER'S PET: "American Beauty" mom Annette Bening testified in a Phoenix court Monday on behalf of her former acting teacher Jared Sakren, who says that he was wrongfully dismissed from Arizona State University for teaching too much Shakespeare, AP says. During her testimony, Bening said that she sees the issue as Sakren's right to teach as he saw fit.

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