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Jan 28, 2010 9:41 AM by Associated Press

Defense lawyers seek info on ex-artifacts dealer

Defense lawyers want to know if the federal government ever promised leniency to a former artifacts dealer behind a sting operation that swept up more than two dozen people on charges of trafficking in American Indian relics.

The lawyers will be in federal court in Salt Lake City on Thursday seeking a copy of his FBI contract and other disclosures about the paid operative. He worked for two years arranging sales that were secretly recorded on video.

The case broke last June with the arrests of 26 people in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

Two of the defendants - one a prominent doctor in Blanding, Utah, the other a Santa Fe salesman - committed suicide. Dr. James Redd's wife and daughter surrendered their collections, pleaded guilty and were sentenced in September to terms of probation. Others have pleaded not guilty.

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