The Supreme Court of Virginia rules that a copy of the Declaration of Independence is not the property of the state of Maine.
WiredPRNews.com – The Supreme Court made a ruling Friday that an authentic 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence was not the property of the state of Maine. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the high court ruled that entrepreneur Richard Adams Jr. was the rightful owner of the document, claimed by the state of Maine to be owned by the town of Wiscasset.
The court ruled in Adams favor citing the state failed to provide proof of the Declaration ever being an official record of the town. As noted in the AP report, Adams bought the document for $475,000 in London in 2001.
The court is quoted as stating in its decision, “The fact that the print was not made by an authorized public officer and was not intended to be the official memorial of the Declaration precluded the print from qualifying as a ‘public record’ under common law.”