However, the Law Journal fails to address the recent revelations that support the claim that the convictions of Anthony D. Marshall and Francis X. Morrissey, Jr., were a complete set-up, a sloppy money-grab orchestrated by one of New York's own "officers of the court."
The New York Law Journal has yet to report about the fact that Manhattan's ethics committee, The Department Disciplinary Committee (the "DDC"), on July 5, 2013, formally asked New York admitted attorney Susan I. Robbins, of the Detroit-based Miller Canfield law firm, to explain herself.
The proof of the Robbins' ethics inquiry, and as being officially advanced by the DDC, sits as a public document, filed in federal court in SDNY case #13-4423 in The U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York.
$Twenty Million Reason$
The ethics complaint against attorney Susan Robbins alleges that she, in concert with others in and outside of the Miller Canfield firm, have, since at least 2007, advanced a complex scheme to defraud law enforcement, courts of law and individuals involved in matters concerning Brooke Astor and her $150,000,000.00-plus estate. The mainstream media's misreporting of facts effectively clouded the simple fact that Anthony Marshall and Francis Morrissey are innocent.
The Robbins filing references other attorneys from Miller Canfield: Gregory L. Curtner, Esq. (now employed at Schiff Hardin LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Marcy L. Rosen, Esq. (currently employed at Miller Canfield in Detroit, Michigan). Another lawyer, Miller Canfield principal attorney and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. McGee, based in Detroit, Michigan, is alleged to have been fully aware of Robbins' actions.
The complaint says that, "Ms. Robbins' scheme required the removal of Anthony Marshall so that her client, Philip Marshall, could advance his court filing to be the lone administrator of the Astor monies. Indeed, had Philip Marshall succeeded in becoming the administrator of the estate, Susan Robbins and her law firm, Miller Canfield, stood to gain $18-20 million dollars in legal fees."
Making Tammany Hall Proud: Triple Dipping
The documents present evidence from Ms. Robbins' former client, Philip Marshall, that Robbins "had been emailing the Manhattan district attorney’s office about the Astor proceedings on many occasions and over an extended period of time...... those emails were never provided, in violation of well-settled Brady provisions, to any member of the criminal defense team, the court, nor apparently the involved prosecutors...."
The status of the relationship between Philip Marshall and his former attorney Susan Robbins is unclear, but what is known is that Philip Marshall's children's receipt of $800,000.00, and his (Philip's) filing against his father ultimately cost him (Philip) and his brother Alec $10-15million dollars each. Apparently, Ms. Robbins, Philip and Alec were unaware of prior legal agreements that provided for a heavy payday for Philip and Alec- $10-15million dollars each.
Philip Marshall's confession as to Ms. Robbins behind-the-scenes activity was not made known until April 15, 2013- years after Messrs. Marshall and Morrissey were set-up and convicted. Had Robbins' Brady material been revealed during the trial, a mistrial would have resulted.
Another issue worthy of a Tammany Hall bronze star is the fact that an alleged forged document was always under Susan Robbins' control. And it was Robbins who then pushed that document as a fraud to prosecutors- all while secreting the fact she had a potential $20,000,000.00 jackpot riding on the outcome.
Conflict, What Conflict?