Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Howard K. Stern entered their pleas Friday in Los Angeles. They are accused of conspiring to illegally provide the late Playboy model with sedatives and opiates before she died. They are not charged with causing her death.
Superior Court Judge David Wesley rejected an effort by the attorney general's office to lift the medical licenses, saying a yearslong delay in seeking that action undermines the claim of an imminent danger to the public if the doctors continue to practice.
Smith died of an accidental overdose of at least nine medications in February 2007 at a Florida hotel.
By Linda Deutsch