Historian seeks to suppress evidence in theft case

A presidential historian charged in Maryland with conspiring to steal documents from U.S. archives is seeking to suppress evidence found at his Manhattan apartment.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Barry Landau’s attorney argues that the application for a warrant to search Landau’s apartment failed to establish probable cause. He says that it incorrectly stated that Baltimore police found documents on both Landau and his assistant, 24-year-old Jason Savedoff, when documents were only found on his assistant.

Savedoff pleaded guilty in October to stealing historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society and conspiring to take documents from other archives. His plea states that thousands of documents, including many stolen items, were found in Landau’s apartment.

A trial for 63-year-old Landau is scheduled for February.

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