Italian Trial of American Antiquities Dealer Comes to an End

19 Jan 2012 8:46 AM | Anonymous

Italian Trial of American Antiquities Dealer Comes to an End

ROME – The trial of the American antiquities dealer Robert Hecht ended this week in Rome when a three-judge panel ruled that the statute of limitations on his alleged crimes – receiving artifacts illegally looted from Italy and conspiring to deal in them – had expired.

The ruling draws the final curtain on a closely watched six-year-long legal drama that helped to alter collecting practices at American museums after Italian prosecutors charged Marion True, the former curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, along with Mr. Hecht. Following Ms. True’s indictment, many museums adopted policies that banned the purchase of ancient artifacts whose provenance was not clear.


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