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LI, NY USA: LI museum director sentenced for Egyptian artifact theft

LI museum director sentenced for Egyptian artifact theft http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/li_museum_director_sentenced_for_m8ewK4q1OIOWlINeCC4BRN By MITCHEL MADDUX Last Updated: 4:14 PM, October 15, 2010 Posted: 4:13 PM, October 15, 2010 The former director of a Long Island museum who stole Egyptian artifacts from the institution’s collection — and later sold the rare antiquities through Christie’s auction house — was sentenced…

Rome, Italy: Time Limit Ends Antiquities Case Of Ex-Curator

Time Limit Ends Antiquities Case Of Ex-Curator http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/arts/design/14true.html?_r=1 By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO Published: October 13, 2010 ROME — The case against Marion True, the former curator of antiquities at the J.Paul Getty Museum, ended abruptly on Wednesday, after a court here ruled that the statute of limitations on her alleged crimes — receiving artifacts stolen from…

NY, NY USA: NY lawyer convicted in Dead Sea Scrolls case

NY lawyer convicted in Dead Sea Scrolls case http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gznCOrQo0Iw8H1s_BUyqyDXHcO8AD9IIHPS81?docId=D9IIHPS81 By COLLEEN LONG (AP) – 18 hours ago NEW YORK — A scholar’s son was convicted Thursday of using online aliases to harass and discredit his father’s detractors in a heated academic debate over the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls. A Manhattan jury found Raphael…

Cairo, Egypt: New judge to oversee Van Gogh theft trial; resumes Oct. 5

New judge to oversee Van Gogh theft trial; resumes Oct. 5 http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=123519&catid=1&Itemid=183 Deputy Culture Minister Mohsen Shaalan during the hearing on Tuesday. (Daily News Egypt Photo/Heba Fahmy) By Heba Fahmy /Daily News Egypt September 30, 2010, 6:33 pm CAIRO: The trial of the Van Gogh painting theft was on Tuesday adjourned to Oct. 5, when…

Monmouthshire, Wales UK: Archaeologist says council is destroying historic site

Archaeologist says council is destroying historic site http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/09/24/archaeologist-says-council-is-destroying-historic-site-91466-27332638/ Sep 24 2010 by Sam Malone, Western Mail A RARE Norman site is being irreparably damaged and is in danger of being destroyed, according to a respected archaeologist. Stephen Clarke, the head of a professional Archaeological unit and chairman of Monmouth Archaeological Society, insisted the remains of…

NY, NY USA: Who really owns a drawing by the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele?

2nd Circuit Sends Art Ownership Dispute Back to the Drawing Board Who really owns a drawing by the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele? http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202471725149&nd_Circuit_Sends_Art_Ownership_Dispute_Back_to_the_Drawing_Board Daniel Wise New York Law Journal September 07, 2010 Egon Schiele, Self Portrait 1914 The heirs of an art collector who perished in a Nazi concentration camp have been given another chance…

Seattle, WA USA: Kurt Lidtke, Accused Art Thief, Agrees to Protect the Names of His Alleged Victims

Kurt Lidtke, Accused Art Thief, Agrees to Protect the Names of His Alleged Victims http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2010/09/kurt_lidtke_accused_art_thief.php By Rick Anderson, Tue., Sep. 7 2010 @ 9:51AM Categories: Arts & Culture In May, after ex-con and onetime Seattle gallery owner Kurt Lidtke was indicted a second time for stealing great works of Northwest art, the rumor mill began…

NY, NY USA: Co-Owner of Missing Corot, Sales Agent Spent Time in Prison

Co-Owner of Missing Corot, Sales Agent Spent Time in Prison http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-03/missing-corot-s-co-owner-and-sued-sales-agent-were-prison-mates.html By Karen Freifeld, Katya Kazakina and Philip Boroff – Sep 4, 2010 12:01 AM ET Sat Sep 04 04:01:01 GMT 2010 James Haggerty. Haggerty was convicted in 2006 in a vehicular assault case and was the defendant in a lawsuit involving a missing $1.4…

London, UK: Antique dealer attacks 'scandalous' European extradition laws

Antique dealer attacks ‘scandalous’ European extradition laws http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7968373/Antique-dealer-attacks-scandalous-European-extradition-laws.html An antiques dealer has attacked “scandalous” European extradition laws which led to his attempted deportation over claims that he broke a Greek bylaw at his home in London 11 years ago. Richard Edwards and Jackie Williams Published: 8:00AM BST 28 Aug 2010 Antiques dealer Malcolm Hay at…

Danvers, MA: Danvers man charged with stealing historic items from library

Danvers Danvers man charged with stealing historic items from library http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/danvers/2010/08/danvers_library_thefts.html By Bella Travaglini, Town Correspondent Acting on an anonymous tip, Danvers police this weekend arrested a Danvers man who is accused of stealing two precious metal items from the library and selling them at an Everett scrapyard. Police arrested Richard Provencher, 48, at his…

Galveston, TX: Trial in $121,000 library theft begins today

Trial in $121,000 library theft begins today http://galvestondailynews.com/story/168010 By Chris Paschenko The Daily News Published August 9, 2010 GALVESTON — Jury selection is expected to begin today in the trial of the former head of maintenance for Rosenberg Library, who is accused of stealing more than $121,000. Terry Ray Merchant, 52, was accused of unlawfully…

Washington, USA: Judge rules against Russia on Jewish documents

Judge rules against Russia on Jewish documents http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hFc7ttwQGYSosBjFQRmWjXaJVBxgD9HCSAB82 By PETE YOST (AP) – 1 day ago WASHINGTON — A federal judge has issued a judgment against the Russian government for its refusal to return a library of historic books and documents to a Jewish group. Royce Lamberth, the chief judge of U.S. District Court in…