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Lawyers For Astor's Son May Appeal Guilty Verdict

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The defense for Brooke Astor's son could reportedly file an appeal as early as today, based on statements by a holdout juror that she voted to convict him and an estate lawyer out of fear.

The New York Times says the juror, Judith DeMarco told a defense investigator that she couldn't deliberate in good conscience after a confrontation with another juror, Yvonne Fernandez. According to the Times, DeMarco says another juror had to restrain Fernandez during the dustup.

The paper also says the jurors exchanged 60 e-mail messages discussing how to portray the deliberations and the confrontation between DeMarco and Fernandez.

Astor's son Anthony Marshall was convicted in October of defrauding his mother of tens of millions of dollars as she suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Astor's estate lawyer was also convicted of scheming to defraud her.

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