Saturday, June 2, 2012

Getty Museum and Armenian Church Report Progress in Zeyt'un Gospel Case - UPDATED

Getty Musuem
Source: Jelson 25 (public domain)
The Getty Museum and the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America this past Thursday told a Los Angeles County superior court that they were making progress in their dispute over the return of allegedly stolen Zeyt'un Gospel pages. In June 2010 the Armenian Apostolic Church sued the J. Paul Getty Museum for the return of seven missing pages from an illuminated Bible created in 1256.  The court last year ordered the parties to mediate the dispute.  They now report progress.

In a stipulation filed on May 31, 2012, the Getty and the Armenian church both said that a May 10, 2012 mediation session conducted by former federal judge Dickran Tevrizian resulted in "substantial progress . . . toward a potential voluntary resolution of this dispute . . . ."

Both parties asked the court for permission to continue mediation.  The court granted the request and scheduled a status conference for August 3.

UPDATE August 8, 2012:  The parties filed a stipulation on August 3, 2012 to inform the court that they desired more time to mediate.  The parties proposed an October 19, 2012 deadline date.