The People vs. Marshall and Morrissey: Brooke Astor Trial by the Numbers

With the fare increase for subways and buses on July 1, the jurors, as well as the rest of New Yorkers, had to fork over an additional 50 cents for their round-trip commutes.

Juror's attacked while commuting from court: 1

On Aug. 7, 2009, the jury forewoman was attacked by a female wielding an 8-inch knife on a northbound No. 4 subway. The forewoman and fellow jurors had just left court for the day and boarded the No. 4 subway at City Hall when she was menaced. An alternate juror came to the forewoman's aid and grabbed the female suspect, holding her until cops came.

Days until jurors will have to serve jury duty again: 0. (The judge has excused any juror or alternate juror from ever having to serve on a jury again).

Lawyers:

 

Number of attorneys: 7. Three for the prosecution, three for defendant Marshall and one for Morrissey.

Witnesses:

 

Witnesses for the prosecution: 72

Witnesses for Morrissey's defense: 2

Witnesses for Marshall's defense: 0

Nobel Peace Prize winners who testified: 1. Henry Kissinger was the 56th Secretary of State of the United States and won the Nobel Peace prize in 1973. He was a friend of Brooke Astor.

Emmy Award winning journalists who testified: 1. ABC's Barbara Walters testified about Mrs. Astor's condition at her 100th birthday party.

Evidence:

 

Pages of court transcripts: Over 17,000 pages including opening, closing and all testimony. That's about two average sized trees (average tree produces 8,335 sheets). Cost to photocopy the transcript at Kinkos ($.08 a page) = $1,360

Court reporters alternating typing every single word said in court: 2

Wills Mrs. Astor had written: 32. (Mrs. Astor wrote her first will in 1953 at the age of 51.)

Codicils (amendments made to the final will): 3

Brooke Astor signatures introduced by the prosecution: 240

Signature authenticity questioned by the prosecution: 1

Exhibits entered into evidence by the Prosecution: Over 450

Amount of money Marshall would have inherited before the latest amendments to Mrs. Astor's Will: 7 percent of $25 million trust = $2 million a year, plus $5 million outright. (But if he died his wife Charlene would receive none of that.)

Amount the entire estate was valued at Mrs. Astor's passing: $170 - $185 million

(Marshall gained control of virtually all of the estate value after the amendments were made in 2003 and 2004)

Important Dates:

 

March 30, 2009: Jury selection begins.

April 27, 2009: Opening arguments begin.

Sept. 9, 2009: Testimony concludes.

Sept. 14, 2009: Closing arguments begin.

Sept. 22, 2009: The jury is charged with the case and begins deliberations.

Oct. 8, 2009:Verdict.

Dec. 8, 2009: Sentencing.

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