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Italy v. Marion True and Robert E. Hecht

Trib. Roma, sez. VI pen., 13 ottobre 2010, n. 19360/10

In 2005, Marion True, then curator of antiquities for the J. Paul Getty Museum, became the first American museum curator to face criminal charges for alleged involvement in the illicit antiquities trade. During the course of her five-year criminal trial in Italy (and a corresponding civil trial which lasted only two years), the Getty Museum, although not a party in either case, agreed to return 40 works that Italy claimed had left the country in violation of Italy’s cultural patrimony laws. The criminal case against True ended in 2010 without a verdict, due to . . . .

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