1. Howard K. Stern, surrounded by media, arriving at courthouse
2. Wide of Stern arriving at courthouse
3. Richard Milstein, court-appointed guardian of Dannielynn, arriving at courthouse
4. Virgie Arthur, mother of Anna Nicole Smith surrounded by media, arriving at courthouse
5. Virgie Arthur walking into courtroom
6. Judges from Florida 4th District Court of Appeal walking into courtroom; court room is seated then zoom into middle judge
7. Arthur sitting in courtroom
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Mark Polen, 4th District Appeals Court Judge:
"Our court, this court, has adopted that position that the will of the deceased. Their wants should be declared paramount, even over an expressed will provision."
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Roberta Mandel, Virgie Arthur's Attorney:
"Yes, your honour, but there were no expressed provision in writing here, as far as her desire to be buried in the Bahamas. There is absolutely nothing in writing."
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Barry Stone, 4th District Appeals Court Judge:
"Do you really dispute that that was her intent, her last intent?, to be buried in the Bahamas, given the undisputed evidence on the record that she had not only expressed a desire to do so, but had evidenced that express by purchasing the cemetery plots?"
11. Wide of Mandel standing before court
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Roberta Mandel, Virgie Arthur's Attorney:
"To be honest with you and to be forthright, if this were not Anna Nicole Smith, this hearing would have been over in a half hour. We have a mother here claiming the body, made two requests for the remains of her deceased child. She was the legally authorised person, Mr Stern had no business being in that court."
13. Close of Howard Stern, with hands over his face, sitting in courtroom
14. Mandel sitting down and Christopher Carver, Milstein's attorney walking up to address court
15. Cutaway of back of Virgie Arthur's head
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Barry Stone, 4th District Appeals Court Judge:
"In most instances, a guardian acting on behalf of a child acts as a prudent person. In this case, you'd have to have someone with a crystal ball."
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Christopher Carver, Milstein's Attorney
"Your honour, you don't need a crystal ball, you literally do not need anything. All you need to do is look at one thing; Anna Nicole Smith buried the person she loved most of all in the Bahamas."
18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Barry Stone, 4th District Appeals Court Judge
Three appeals court judges expressed doubts on Wednesday about burying Anna Nicole Smith in Texas as her estranged mother wants, but also questioned how the advocate in charge of funeral plans knew Smith intended to be laid to rest in the Bahamas.
The 4th District Court of Appeal ended the hearing without indicating when it would rule, but two judges said Smith's purchase of burial plots in the Bahamas showed her desire to be brought there.
Speaking to the attorney for Virgie Arthur, Smith's mother, Judge Mark Polen said it was the position of the court that the wants of the deceased "should be declared paramount."
Judge Barry Stone followed by asking Arthur's attorney, "do you really dispute that that was her intent, her last intent? to be buried in the Bahamas, given the undisputed evidence on the record."
Arthur challenged a circuit judge's decision last week to give control of the remains to the court-appointed advocate for Smith's daughter, Dannielynn.
Roberta Mandel, Arthur's lawyer told the appeals court that the mother is the legal next of kin, since Dannielynn is underage.
The advocate, lawyer Richard Milstein, has doubted that, saying Florida law clearly gives the baby girl the right to decide.
Appeals Judge Barry Stone asked Milstein's attorney, Christopher Carver, how his client could ever figure out what a five-month-old child wanted.
But Carver said Milstein considered Smith's wishes to be buried in the Bahamas next to her 20-year-old son Daniel, who died last year.
Smith's boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, also wants her to be brought to the Bahamas.
His lawyers say Arthur is trying to place Smith in death where she never wanted to be in life.
Both Arthur and Stern were in the Florida court on Wednesday.
Carver said if the court rules against Arthur, Smith's funeral would take place on Friday in the Bahamas.
But Mandel has said she would take the case to the state Supreme Court.