Thursday, October 01, 2009

Judge Finds Egon Schiele's Portait of Wally to Be Stolen: Leopold To Go on Trial

From Chief Judge Loretta Preska's 110-page decision dated 9/30/2009 in United States v. Portrait of Wally, A Painting by Egon Schiele:

"As explained below, I find that abstention is not warranted, there is no genuine dispute that Wally was, and remains, stolen, and the Museum's laches defense and constitutional objections are without merit. The trier of fact must,
however, determine whether Dr. Leopold, and hence the Museum, knew Wally was stolen when shipped into this country."