Judge sets new hearing for treasure hunter jailed over coins

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 1:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has set a hearing for updates in the case of a former deep-sea treasure hunter jailed in Ohio for refusing to answer more questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins.

Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since mid-December, when Judge Algenon Marbley in Columbus found he violated a plea deal by refusing to respond.

Thompson has said he told everything he knew during depositions last year and argues he couldn't provide more complete answers in part because of effects of a neurological disorder.

A psychiatrist's evaluation was due in August. Marbley on Monday scheduled a Nov. 9 update hearing.

The coins were minted from gold taken from the S.S. America, which sank in a hurricane off South Carolina in 1857.