Trial Resumes for Former Curator
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF
Now into its fourth year, the trial of Marion True, a former curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and an American antiquities dealer resumed on Friday in Rome. Focus shifted to the dealer, Robert Hecht, who has been accused along with Ms. True of conspiracy to traffic in antiquities looted from Italian soil. Both defendants deny the charges. Daniela Rizzo, an archaeologist, presented documents and photographs of artifacts that prosecutors contend passed through Mr. Hecht’s hands. Mr. Hecht’s lawyer said his client disputed the case made by prosecutors for the provenance of each object. Several objects sold by Mr. Hecht to institutions like the Getty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been returned to Italy.