The trial of Anthony Marshall and estate lawyer Francis Morrissey made headlines even before opening arguments began in April 2009. The two were accused of swindling New York socialite Brooke Astor out of hundreds of millions of dollars in her final years.
Not only is the story behind the case enthralling -- a supposedly greedy son, 85-year-old Marshall, plotted to get as much of his aging mother's money as possible while she was suffering from Alzheimer's -- but it took an inordinately long time for the case to be completed.
Over five months in court, an array of exciting, enthralling and just plain unforeseen events happened.
Pouring through the thousands of pages of court reporter's notes, here's a look at the numbers that tell the story of the marathon trial.
Defendants: 2 (Anthony Marshall, Brooke Astor's only son, and lawyer Francis X. Morrissey Jr., Brooke Astor's lawyer)
Age of Mrs. Astor when she died: 105
Age of defendants combined: 151. Marshall is 85 and Morrissey is 66.
Counts in the indictment: 18 total (16 for Marshall. Six for Morrissey.)
Possible jail time: 1-25 years for Marshall who was found guilty among others things for grand larceny in the first degree. (Sentencing will be Dec. 8, 2009.)
Counts found guilty: 14 for Marshal, 6 for Morrissey.
Counts found not guilty: 2 for Marshall, 0 for Morrissey.
Minutes for the jury foreman to read guilty or non-guilty for all 22 counts: 4
Amount of bail assistant district attorney asked for each defendant after the verdict: $ 5 million
Amount of bail the judge released each man on: $100,000.
Words uttered by Charlene Marshall when asked for a reaction while she left the court: 4; "I love my husband."
Days until sentencing: 61.
Trial For All Seasons:
Weeks the judge initially expected the trial to last: 8-10
Weeks the trial was in session: 21 (with 88 days in court)
Seasons the trial lasted: 3 (spring, summer, fall)
Days the trial was suspended to give the jurors a vacation: 10 days in August.
Days court was delayed or cancelled due to Marshall's health: 4
Seat cushions brought to court each day by Charlene Marshall, the defendant's wife: 5
Number of sketches made by court sketch artist: 113
Days it took to choose the jury: 11
Potential jury pool interviewed by lawyers: 1,400
Days of deliberation to reach a verdict: 12
Original number of jurors: 19 (including 7 alternates)
Alternate jurors left when the trial concluded: 3
Jurors who decided guilt or innocence: 12 (8 women and 4 men)
Income for jurors who are not compensated by their employers: $40 a day for the first 30 days. $46 for each day thereafter. Over 88 days in court those jurors were paid $1,200 + $2,668 = $3,868
Federal minimum wage: ($7.25 an hour x 40 hour work week x 21 weeks) $6,090
Subway or bus fare to and from court (not compensated for): 38 days at $4 ($152) + 50 days at $4.50 ($225.00) = $377.
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