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Astor Son Gets First Day in Court

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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TOO OLD FOR THIS SHIT Charlene and Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall, the pilloried 83-year-old son of the late, great Brooke Astor, appeared in court yesterday and denied charges that he'd wrongfully abused his mother's weakened capacities to make himself (more) rich. Tears welled up in eyes like bubbly in chilled, crystal flutes. The Post edged its bony elbows in for comment. A Daily News reporter was deployed to the Massachusetts home of the son responsible for Mr. Marshall's woes. With one hand, that son, Phillip, rubbed his, uh, troubled temples and pumped a fist with the other—behind his back, maybe.

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"I sincerely hope there is a way justice can be achieved without my father going to jail," said Phillip, who stands to collect a meager $1 million from his dead grandmother's estate.

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