Judge unseals documents in Custer museum raids

2012-02-23T19:15:00Z 2014-03-31T16:20:06Z Judge unseals documents in Custer museum raidsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 23, 2012 7:15 pm  • 

A federal judge has unsealed search warrant affidavits and other documents related to government raids on a Custer-themed museum in southeastern Montana.

No charges were ever filed in the lengthy criminal probe of Custer Battlefield Museum director Christopher Kortlander, who authorities suspected of dealing in fraudulent and illegal artifacts.

Much of the contents of the documents unsealed Thursday had been disclosed in an Associated Press story about Kortlander last month. They were unsealed under an order from Judge Richard Cebull at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Kortlander is still seeking the return of some items seized in the 2005 and 2008 raids.

He also has filed a lawsuit seeking $188 million from the government for alleged damages.

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