Jury Selection Set For Trial of Brooke Astor's Son

NEW YORK (AP) - The son of the late Brooke Astor and a once-suspended lawyer he hired will go on trial on charges he robbed the $198 million estate of the beloved socialite and philanthropist.

Jury selection begins Monday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court for the trial of Anthony Marshall and his attorney, Francis Morrissey. It's expected to take two weeks for a trial that might last two months and involve some 60 witnesses. Jury selection is starting after more than a year of delays.

Possible witnesses include Annette de la Renta, wife of fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and Astor's court-appointed personal guardian; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; and banker David Rockefeller.

Many of Astor's household staff also are expected to testify for the prosecution.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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