|Kimberly Camp, President and CEO of the Barnes Foundation 1998-2005 (Phila. Tribune)|
Fascinating and disturbing news came out last week about the Kimberly Camp writing that money - or the total lack thereof -- wasn't actually the reason she and her employers sought court permission to transfer the legendary Barnes art collection from Merion to Philadelphia. Weirdly -- or maybe not -- the local papers of records (Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News) haven't printed a word about it. That's scary in itself, but let's not digress just yet.
|Samuel C. Stretton, Esquire|
In no time flat, Sam fired off a Petition to Superior Court in Norristown, asking that the appeal he filed be "remanded" - sent back - to Judge Ott in Orphans' Court for a hearing. (The Friends haven't posted the Petition to their website yet, hopefully coming soon.)
The Friends have never experienced coverage like this before - ever - and they are amazed, and also gratified. The implications of this story validate what they have been trying to say for years -- to the Court and anyone who would listen. There are other links pasted below.
Now what? Will Superior Court remand the case to poor Judge Ott? Will the Court tell Sam that he's got to go forward with the appeal in Superior Court, at the risk of being sanctioned again, big time? Will Sam and Barnes Watch withdraw their appeal? Will Judge Ott take command of the situation and schedule a hearing?
Speaking of another story, let's get back to that Inquirer business in a separate post. This is quite enough.
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Group MountsLegal Challenge to Barnes Art Move, Citing Misleading Status