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Scholar seeks bail review in Maryland documents theft

A presidential historian charged with stealing millions of dollars in documents from the Maryland Historical Society is asking for a bail review.

An attorney for 63-year-old Barry Landau, whose book “The President’s Table: Two Hundred Years of Dining and Diplomacy” was published in 2007, petitioned for the review Wednesday, arguing it is unreasonable that Landau was denied bail.

Landau and 24-year-old Jason Savedoff,  both of New York City, were charged Saturday with theft of more than $100,000. Charging documents state that after Savedoff was spotted taking a document out of the library, police searched a locker Savedoff had a key to and found 60 documents, including papers signed by President Abraham Lincoln worth $300,000.

The FBI is involved in the investigation under a federal statute that covers museum thefts.

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