It is now several weeks since we heard about the "Free Tarby" Campaign, Tarby is a Tarbosaurus Bataar who was spirited away from her home in the Mongolian Desert and placed under the hot lights of a New York saleroom by one Eric Prokopi, a Florida businessman. She was brutally sold with a lot of other stuff at a public auction, despite attempts by the President of her homeland to halt the awful proceedings. Then, before the new owners could take possession of "their" goods, Tarby was forfeited by the US authorities and is now shut away in a dark, sterile store with nobody to talk to.
But there are those who have not stopped thinking about her. Oh no. Peter Tompa of the Washington legal firm Bailey and Ehrenberg has been thinking about her all this time. So has a Brooklyn lawyer Michael McCullough. They have not stopped thinking about Tarby through her long imprisonment, but instead of wanting to send her home, they want to prevent her leaving the USA. They want Mr Prokopi to keep her (despite the fact he's shown he really does not want her in the house and tried to sell her).
Read all about it:
Peter Tompa, 'Motion to Dismiss in T-Rex Bataar Forfeiture Action" Cultural Property Observer, Sunday, August 19, 2012
Ricardo St Hilaire, "Dinosaur Claimant Files Motion to Dismiss in New York Federal Court", Cultural Property Lawyer Sunday, August 19, 2012
Motion to dismiss in the case of United States of America v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9sH3ETMwSWiNWVNTkxCakp0bnM/edit
"one dinosaur skeleton"? I cannot help thinking that some of this was written not with fossils, but coins in mind...