Ex-Getty Curator Ducks Relic Charge

Greek court clears her of buying looted golden wreath
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2007 6:38 PM CST
A gold wreath dating from the fourth century B.C is displayed at the Thessaloniki's Archaeological Museum on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. The gold wreath was returned to northern Greece, from where it was allegedly...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Greek judges cleared a former Getty Museum curator today of buying a looted golden wreath, the Los Angeles Times reports. They said the statute of limitations had ended on the charge that Marion True okayed purchasing the illegally dug up Greek artifact. But "at no stage of these proceedings was any proof of a crime presented by Greek prosecutors," her attorney said.

True, who is still on trial in Italy and faces further probes in Greece, had warned the Getty in 1993 that the wreath was "too dangerous" to buy—but then approved the purchase only months later. The Getty has sent back 40 items to Italy and three more to Greece, including the wreath, in response to claims that they were stolen.