Posted on July 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Italian man charged with wire fraud and identity theft in the case of stolen book manuscripts might avoid trial.

The Guardian, citing Publishers Marketplace, says a judge has agreed to postpone Filippo Bernardini's appearance in court to September 10, so that prosecutors can consider a deferred prosecution request.

In such a scenario, the defendant fulfills some requirements under a judge's supervision but avoids actual prosecution.

Bernardini has pleaded not guilty.

Also pleading not guilty: a rare-book dealer charged in connection with the long-ago theft of singer-songwriter Don Henley's handwritten notes, including those of "Hotel California."

The New York Times reports that Glenn Horowitz and two other men deny that they were attempting to sell the papers and that they fabricated stories about how they obtained the papers.

The lyrics and notes went missing in the late 1970s and are valued at around $1 million.  

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