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Jury Gets Case: Did Astor’s Son & Lawyer Try to Defraud Estate of $60M?

Posted Sep 22, 2009 6:13 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Following a five-month trial, a New York jury is finally deliberating the criminal case against a son of socialite Brooke Astor and one of her attorneys. They are accused by prosecutors of defrauding her estate of some $60 million by tricking the senile heiress into making changes to her will.

Although the trial has been lengthy, observers predict the jury may be quick to make a decision after beginning deliberations today, reports the Village Voice in its New York News Blog.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Prominent N.Y. Lawyers Jab at Each Other in Astor Trial Main Event"

City Room (New York Times): "Astor Trial Ending With Heated Words"

New York Times: "Defense Finishes Closing in Astor Case"

New York Daily News: "Alternate in Brooke Astor trial thinks Anthony Marshall is guilty: 'All he did was take' "

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