The New York Times has just reported that Anthony Marshall, only child of the late Brooke Astor (pictured), has been paroled for medical reasons after serving six months of his sentence of one-to-three years for looting his mother’s fortune before her death. Gripepad has noted under-reported aspects of the Brooke Astor story, some of which was detailed in Rogues’ Gallery, my book on the money behind the Metropolitan Museum, and the complex mores of those who created and sustain it–and drove the effort to put Marshall behind bars. You can read some of that commentary here, here, here, and here. With Marshall, 89, suffering from Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure, perhaps he’ll now be spared further humiliation and opprobrium atop his disgrace, but somehow I doubt it. ADDENDA: A lawyer friend made this comment on my Facebook page: “Whatever one may think of Marshall, a civil recovery against him would have sufficed. It’s hard to conceive of a larceny case when the thief is acting under a general power of attorney specifically authorizing self-dealing, as Marshall was. It should not have been a criminal case. And by the way, it wasn’t the sainted Mrs. Astor’s money either; she inherited it.”