NY judge to ask Astor jury if any agreement

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 9:38 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge says he'll ask jurors whether they've reached a verdict on any of the counts at the trial over the handling of Brooke Astor's fortune.

If so, Justice A. Kirke Bartley plans to ask the jurors sometime Thursday what that verdict is — and then send them back for more deliberations.

The late socialite's son, Anthony Marshall, and estate lawyer Francis Morrissey deny looting her nearly $200 million estate. They face a total of 18 counts.

On Monday, a juror complained she felt threatened during heated discussions.

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