Arraignment for assistant in document theft case

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Posted: Aug 26, 2011 4:16 AM
Arraignment for assistant in document theft case

A presidential historian's assistant charged with conspiring to steal valuable documents from archives throughout the Northeast will have a chance to enter a plea.

An arraignment for 24-year-old Jason Savedoff is scheduled for Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Savedoff and historian Barry Landau are charged with stealing historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society and conspiring to steal documents from other archives.

Savedoff was released on bail and has yet to enter a plea. Landau pleaded not guilty and was released.

Prosecutors allege that Landau and Savedoff had about 80 documents when they were arrested at the historical society in Baltimore last month. About 60 belonged to the society, including papers signed by President Abraham Lincoln worth $300,000 and presidential inaugural ball invitations and programs worth $500,000.