There is an odd story on the SAFECORNER blog: http://safecorner.savingantiquities.org/2010/04/charges-against-true-and-hecht-to-be.html
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Charges against True and Hecht to be dropped
Sources close to the case have confirmed that Marion True's and Bob Hecht's conspiracy trial in Rome will not end by October 2010. At that time, further prosecution will be barred by a statute of limitations; the case will be dismissed and charges dropped.
As an American lawyer, I find it quite strange that the statute of limitations can run AFTER a case is filed. In contrast, in the U.S. the limitations period typically runs UNTIL a case is filed. See http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Statute+of+Limitations
Some months ago, I supported the call of a prominent Italian-American Magazine that True be freed. http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2009/11/italian-american-magazine-calls-for-end.html
In any event, at that time, I also suggested that a resolution may be engineered to coincide with the State Department's consideration of a renewal of the current MOU with Italy. If the SAFECORNER blog is to believed, my prediction about True would seem to have come true already.