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Re: What to do about Sue?
Jeff Poling wrote:
> The short answer is that NO it is not the property of the US, no he
> didn't give up the rights to what was on and in his land, he cannot be
> barred from selling it, and the procees of the sale belong to nobody but
> Maurice Williams.
Which is why the whole incident was a little sticky. Williams had the
OPTION of letting the feds keep his land in trust to avoid income taxes.
But the land was his - - not titled to the feds or the res. When Pete
paid Williams $5,000 for the fossil, he had every reason to believe it
was a legit business transaction. Lest we forget, Williams agreed to
the terms, even after he knew it was a pretty significant fossil find.
Williams got THOUSANDS of hours of delicate prep time free. AND - - he
kept the original 5g paid by the BHI to boot. Now how is THAT fair?
Anyway, thanks to the supposed "good intentions" of the feds, the one
thing everyone feared - - that this magnificent specimen might be sold
to the person or place with the deepest pockets - - is about to come to
pass. We may never know the secrets of Sue. THAT is the crime.