- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 6, 2011


Judge refuses to toss Armenian church Bible suit

LOS ANGELES | The J. Paul Getty Museum on Thursday lost its bid for dismissal of the Armenian church lawsuit demanding the return of pages ripped from a sacred handwritten Armenian Bible dating back to 1256.

Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan denied Getty’s motion to dismiss the claim and ordered four months of mediation in an attempt to resolve the dispute between the museum and the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, which filed suit in June 2010 on behalf its mother church, the Lebanon-based Holy See of Cilicia.

The lawsuit accuses Getty of harboring stolen illuminated medieval manuscripts, saying they are spiritually and historically sacred church masterpieces.


Pilot who flew while drunk gets 6 months in prison

DENVER | A United Express pilot convicted of flying a commercial flight while drunk will serve six months in federal prison.

Aaron Jason Cope, 33, of Norfolk, Va., was sentenced Friday in federal court.

Judge John Tunheim also ordered Cope to serve six months in home detention after completing his prison term followed by two years of supervised release.

Cope was convicted in June of flying under the influence on a flight from Austin, Texas, to Denver in December 2009. The flight was operated by Shuttle America for United Express.

The plane’s captain thought he smelled alcohol on Cope’s breath, and a breathalyzer showed Cope had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent.

The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits anyone from flying with a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or higher.


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