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Kinda interesting in a historical perspective: The gold that the Spanish stole from Native Americans (all over America, not just the US) should now be returned to....? The Spanish
Hey' I want my money back too, the Vikings sailed to north America around 800, and they may have taken some gold too.
Totally correct. The people of Central and South America, have far more claim to this than the Spanish do. If a judge is going to come down against the finders using modern laws, then he should look at the theft of the gold in the first place.

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The ruling was made by a magistrate, who is not a full fledged federal judge. That is why it is couched as a recommendation. Before it becomes effective it must be approved by the judge who has jurisdiction over the case, and he could overrule it. So there are several layers of appeal left. That being said, the issue in the case is a jurisdictional one and the magistrate's decision appears to apply the law as it is, not necessarily as we would like it.
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I'd be looking for some gold pieces in Pizzo's personal (hidden) accounts :-)
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I'd be looking for some gold pieces in Pizzo's personal (hidden) accounts :-)
I think he should put them back where he found them. Or, like, not exactly where he found them, but kinda sorta close, you know, within 30 miles of where he found them. Then let the Spanish government go search for it themselves.

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What I don't get is, this was claimed to be found in international waters and they are not even sure if it is the Mercedes.

Common sence would dictate that Spain provide proof that it's indeed the Mercedes and that it is in territorial waters, short of that, I'd say they can pound sand and the loot stays here.

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This just goes to prove that governments makes pirates look like pikers...

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Wow...

I hate government. Government is like a big bully, they see that you found money on the bottom of the ocean, then lay claim to it, and intimidate you with prison. The world needs to change!
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I think he should put them back where he found them. Or, like, not exactly where he found them, but kinda sorta close, you know, within 30 miles of where he found them. Then let the Spanish government go search for it themselves.
Good idea. Or maybe spread it around a bit - like 1 gold coin every square mile. That should do it.

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I think he should put them back where he found them. Or, like, not exactly where he found them, but kinda sorta close, you know, within 30 miles of where he found them. Then let the Spanish government go search for it themselves.
Actually I think this is a great idea. Better than handing over the product of your labors to the People's State of Spain.

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