No documents were in his possession, concealed on his person or in his belongings. A man of his stature is entitled to due process before a rush to judgment. There is no evidence.
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 14, 2011
Renowned presidential historian and author, Barry H. Landau, was arrested on Saturday in Baltimore accused of stealing historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society. Yet no documents were in his possession or in his belongings, said one of his attorneys Steven D. Silverman, Managing Partner of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White in Baltimore.
Mr. Landau was charged with one count of theft over $100,000 and held on $1.5 million bond which Landau's other attorney, former federal prosecutor and Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White partner Andrew C. White, called "shocking and disgraceful."
"Mr. Landau is one of our nation's most well-respected presidential historians, and I think it's outrageous that he was being held without any bond in a property theft case in which none of the allegedly stolen property ever made it out of the historical society," White said. "Clearly, there's a breakdown in the judicial process."
Even more outrageous, Silverman added was the rush to judgment by the Maryland Historical Society. Jennifer Ferretti, the digitization coordinator for the Society, put out multiple messages via Twitter saying "Please alert all archives (esp. on the East Coast) about Barry Landau! He visited more places than just MdHS." And “Many thanks to you & everyone for RT-ing the #BarryLandau theft information!” Ms. Ferretti went so far as to thank the Baltimore Sun for quoting her tweet.
These tweets, accusing Mr. Landau of theft before all the facts were revealed, have been bouncing around cyber space.
“No documents were in his possession, concealed on his person or in his belongings,” Silverman said. “A man of his stature is entitled to due process before a rush to judgment. There is no evidence.”
Mr. Landau is a best-selling author, an award-winning film producer and He has served eight Presidents and worked with every White House since Lyndon Johnson's.
Landau’s passion and commitment to American Presidential History has allowed him to work for both Republicans and Democrats alike. Enjoying personal relationships with Presidents and their families for generations, he has been able to avoid the political fray of Washington. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes provided accolades for the cover of his book “The Presidents Table.” Landau has been a frequent network commentator on matters relating to the Presidency on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC including Good Morning America, the Today Show and the Martha Stewart Show.
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