Times Reporters Wish Astor Trial Would Just Die Already


Brooke Astor died in 2007, before your Intel editors were even Intel editors. The trial of her son regarding her will has been going on for seventeen weeks, has generated close to 15,000 pages of testimony — and shows no signs of abating. What's holding things up? According to A.G. Sulzberger and John Eligon, Times reporters whose torpid story on the subject today clearly indicates they are dying to get back to a more exciting beat, mostly total minutae:

Take, for example, the debate over whether “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” could be characterized as a children’s song. When Mr. Seidemann asked a former nurse who used to sing the song to Mrs. Astor to explain what type of song it was, the defense objected and the objection was sustained. That led to 15 minutes of back and forth, including repeated objections and a sidebar to discuss the matter.

At this rate, we'll all be 105 by the time this thing is over. That is, if we're not bored to death first.

Astor Trial Plods On, Trying the Patience of Many [NYT]
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