Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I previously blogged about Brooke Astor’s son, Anthony Marshall, and her attorney, Francis X. Morrissey Jr., being convicted in October 2009 of a series of charges related to defrauding and stealing millions of dollars from Mrs. Astor while she battled Alzheimer’s. Justice Bartley sentenced both of them to the minimum or one to three years in prison.
The two men filed appeals to their convictions with a state appellate court in Manhattan on Monday. In these appeals, the two men argue that Justice Bartley should have questioned the jurors after one juror said that she felt threatened and asked for removal from the case. Mr. Marshall also argues that his power of attorney gave him the right to increase his manager’s salary and that his mother was competent when she signed a codicil directing millions their way. The two men remain free pending their appeal, and the prosecution must now file a response.
See John Eligon, Guilty Verdicts Appealed in Brooke Astor Will Case, N.Y. Times, Mar. 28, 2011.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (WealthCounsel) for bringing this to my attention.