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Guilty plea expected in historian’s theft case

BALTIMORE (AP) – A presidential historian is expected to plead guilty in a case in which he is accused of stealing documents signed by leading figures throughout western history.

Barry Landau, a New York City author and collector, is accused of taking documents from the Maryland Historical Society and conspiring to steal documents from that institution and others in the Northeast with his 24-year-old assistant, Jason Savedoff, who pleaded guilty in October.

The 63-year-old previously pleaded not guilty, but a rearraignment hearing scheduled Tuesday indicates he will change his plea. Prosecutors and his attorney have refused to comment.

Savedoff pleaded guilty to theft of major artwork and conspiracy to commit theft of major artwork, the same charges Landau faces. Prosecutors say Landau has schemed for years, if not decades, to steal valuable documents.

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