Judge Blake has set a briefing schedule for a government motion that seeks to limit the scope of discovery in the forfeiture case against the Cypriot and Chinese coins the ACCG imported for purposes of its test case. The parties' papers and the court's short letter order can be found here.
Despite the predictable spin from the archaeological blogosphere, the key issue-- which should be important to more than just coin collectors-- is whether due process requires discovery into the basis for any forfeiture so a defense can be mounted before the government is allowed to take the Guild's property. But don't just take my word for it. Read the short memorandums of the parties and draw your own conclusions. And why shouldn't the government be required to admit or deny the simple, direct questions appended to the Guild's memorandum? That, at a minimum, is a fair question for any "cultural property observer" to ask.