Defense Rests in Astor Trial

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009  |  Updated 4:30 PM EDT
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Defense Rests in Astor Trial

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Anthony Marshall, son of late philanthropist Brooke Astor, is on trial for allegedly looting her estate.

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The defense in the Brooke Astor trial has rested after two witnesses.
    
Astor's son Anthony Marshall and his estate attorney Francis Morrissey are charged with fraud and accused of exploiting her mental decline to plunder her estate. They have denied the charge.

     Handwriting expert Gerald Richards testified Wednesday that the socialite's signatures were not forged. The witness was called by Morrissey's attorney. Marshall's attorney did not call any
witnesses.
    
Closing arguments are expected early next week in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. The defendants face seven years in prison, if convicted.
    
Astor died in 2007 at age 105. The trial started April 27.
 

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