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Hearing set for man charged in documents theft

A presidential historian’s assistant accused of conspiring to steal valuable documents from archives throughout the Northeast is expected back in federal court.

A re-arraignment is scheduled in U.S. District Court on Thursday for 24-year-old Jason Savedoff, which often indicates a defendant is changing his plea.

Savedoff and historian Barry Landau are charged with stealing historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society and conspiring to steal documents from other archives. Both pleaded not guilty and were released.

Prosecutors allege that Landau and Savedoff had about 80 documents when they were arrested at the historical society in Baltimore in July. 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.

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