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Opponents Of Barnes Foundation’s Move To Philadelphia Try One More Tactic

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(One item from the Barnes Collection in its current home in Lower Merion, Pa.  File photo)

(One item from the Barnes Collection in its current home in Lower Merion, Pa. File photo)

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) - The parties on both sides of the controversy surrounding the planned move of one of the most valuable personal art collections ever assembled were back in a Montgomery County courtroom this morning.

It may be a long shot, but the “Friends of the Barnes Foundation” group is asking a judge to reopen the case as they continue their effort to prevent the collection from moving from Lower Merion to Philadelphia (see previous story).

The judge gave the attorneys for the foundation and the state attorney general’s office until mid-April to file their arguments why the case shouldn’t be reopened.

Attorney Sam Stretton, who represents the Friends of the Barnes, will then have 20 days to respond.

“This is very difficult… where I always like to use the baseball analogy: the game’s been lost but now we’re into extra innings because we discovered maybe the umpire wasn’t playing fairly,” he told KYW Newsradio.

Stretton says they have new evidence that shows the court was misled by then-Pennsylvania attorney general Mike Fisher and about the lack of financial support for the foundation.

After everything is filed, the judge will decide whether to hold a hearing on the matter.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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