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United States v. Meador (Quedlinburg)

United States v. Meador, No. 4:96-cr-00001, (E.D. Tex. Oct. 22, 1996), aff’d, 138 F.3d 986 (5th Cir. 1998).

In this highly-publicized case of World War II era art looting the Texas heirs of an American serviceman, Joe T. Meador, were sued by the German church from which he stole priceless medieval treasures while stationed in Quedlinburg, Germany, at the end of the war. When the heirs began to sell the works in the late 1980s, their identities were discovered and the ensuing dispute spawned . . . .

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