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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Brooke Astor -- The story continues

AstorEarlier on this blog, I discussed various issues regarding Brooke Astor and the disputes with her son and grandson.  On August 13, 2007, Brooke died at her Holly Hill estate in Briarcliff, New York at the age of 105.

A very detailed and comprehensive account of Brooke's situation may be found in John Richardson, The Battle for Mrs. Astor, Vanity Fair, October 2008.

The next chapter in this drama is now unfolding as preparations are being made for the trial of her son, Anthony "Tony" Marshall, on charges of conspiracy, forgery, grand larceny, and possession of stolen property.

The following details are from Jessica Ravitz, Brooke Astor would have been 'mortified' by son's trial, CNN.com, Feb. 18, 2009:

  • Jury selection is scheduled to start on Monday, February 23, 2009.
  • Tony's attorney says there will be no plea.
  • Potential witnesses indicate that Brooke would not have liked her private matters made public.

Special thanks to Adam J. Hirsch (William and Catherine VanDercreek Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law) for bringing this development to my attention.


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This all comes stems from the Anna Nicole Smith tree- once they saw that she could get the courts to sympahtize with her cause, it opened the door to countless abuses.

Posted by: MJP | Feb 27, 2009 6:20:12 AM

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