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Michael Satin's Not Guilty Verdict in Alaska Native Art Trial Covered in Juneau Empire

"Skagway shopkeeper wins federal Native art scam case"

Juneau Empire

Michael Satin's not guilty verdict in the trial of a woman accused of violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act was covered in the Juneau Empire. As the prosecution focused on an audio recording made during an undercover investigation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, Satin argued that audio alone was not sufficient to demonstrate the specifics of the conversation wherein the shopkeeper was accused of misrepresenting the provenance of items for sale. Further, Satin offered email evidence where the shopkeeper clearly stated that the items for sale were not native-made. "You asked a direct question and a direct answer followed,” Satin said to the agent who was testifying about the email. Satin argued that without a video recording of the undercover investigation or a more detailed audio record that a not guilty verdict was the only logical choice for the jurors. After considering these arguments and evidence, the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

Press coverage of the trial has been published in the Washington Times, Clay Center Dispatch, San Francisco Gate, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Waco Tribune-Herald, Opelika-Auburn News and Bristol Herald Courier.