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Presidential historian accused of stealing documents expected to plead guilty
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) ' A presidential historian is indicating he will plead guilty in a case in which he is accused of stealing documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte and other well-known leaders from around the world.
Barry Landau, a New York City author and collector, is accused of taking historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society and conspiring to steal documents from that institution and others in the Northeast with his assistant.
Landau previously pleaded not guilty, but he has a rearraignment hearing scheduled Tuesday, just days before his trial. The hearing indicates he will change his plea. Prosecutors and his attorney refused to comment.
Landau's assistant, Jason Savedoff, pleaded guilty to theft of major artwork and conspiracy to commit theft of major artwork, the same charges Landau faces.