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Turkey Sued Christie's For Marble Stargazer So Virtual Bench Trial Noting The Met in 1993

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 5 –   The Republic of Turkey sued Christie's Inc. to recover an ancient marble statue, the "Anatolian Marble Female Idol of Kiliya Type," a/k/a "The Guennol Stargazer," from 3000 to 2200 B.C.E.   

On March 18, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alison J. Nathan held a final pre-trial conference. Inner City Press covered it. 

  The lawyer for Turkey mentioned the time difference, and asked if things might be delayed be interpretation.

The (bench) trial kicked off on April 5. There was talk of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993, the Brooklyn Museum and a dispute about hand-written notes on an exhibit, and consecutive (not simultaneous) interpretation from Turkish.

 Some couldn't help compare to Turkey's position on Halkbank, before SDNY Judge Richard M. Berman.

On the positive side, the docket includes a list of each side's exhibits, something that is sometimes evaded in the SDNY even in criminal cases (see this recent order by SDNY Judge Jed Rakoff).

 We'll have more on this.

The case is Republic of Turkey v. Christie's Inc. et al., 17-cv-3086 (Nathan)


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