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L.A. prosecutor: Anna Nicole Smith was addict who pressured docs

LOS ANGELES – A prosecutor has portrayed Anna Nicole Smith as an out-of-control drug addict who pressured doctors into prescribing pain killers and sedatives that she craved.

Deputy District Attorney David Barkhurst was the first lawyer to address jurors with closing arguments Monday at the drug conspiracy trial of the late model's boyfriend and two doctors.

Barkhurst focused his remarks on defendant Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, an internist he accused of doing inadequate tests before giving Smith a powerful opiate she requested.

Barkhurst spoke after the judge told jurors a person who seeks drugs for pain is not an addict.

Howard K. Stern, Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to providing an addict with excessive drugs. They are not charged in Smith's 2007 overdose death.

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