Posted Sep 22, 2009 11:13 pm CDT
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.
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’ “