Not hearing much about the Museum Case of late ... here's a bit, though, from the Mercury:

A trustee of the J. Paul Getty Trust, whose donated collection to the museum included a stolen ancient Roman sculpture, has resigned from the board of trustees, officials said.

The board announced Wednesday that it had accepted the resignation of wealthy art collector Barbara G. Fleischman, who had been a board member since 2000.

"It has been my pleasure to work with the gifted and dedicated people in the Research and Conservation Institutes, the Getty Foundation and the Museum elements of the Getty Trust. Their work is splendid and significant, and I salute them," Fleischman said in a statement.

The board thanked Fleischman for her support of the J. Paul Getty Trust and for substantial contributions made by Fleischman and her late husband, Lawrence, to the museum.

"Barbara Fleischman's contributions in time and energy to this institution have been significant and selfless," said John Biggs, chairman of the board of trustees.

The Los Angeles Times reported in November that the Getty's former antiquities curator borrowed $400,000 from the Fleischmans in 1996, just days after finalizing a deal to acquire their 300-piece collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts.

The Getty paid $20 million for 32 of the pieces and received the rest as a donation. Neither Fleischman nor True disclosed the loan to museum officials in annual conflict-of-interest statements.

Fleischman told the newspaper last year that the loan arranged by her late husband had nothing to do with the couple's business dealing with the Getty.

True used the loan to repay money she had borrowed in 1995 to buy a home on the island of Paros that was owned by an antiquities dealer with whom she also did business with on behalf of the Getty.

True retired in October 2005 after Getty officials confronted her about the initial 1995 loan.

She is on trial in Rome on charges that she conspired with dealers to traffic in looted antiquities.

She has maintained her innocence.

In 1999, the Getty returned some ancient works to Italy after determining they were stolen. One of the returned items was an ancient Roman sculpted head of an athlete, which was part of the Fleischman collection obtained in 1996.

The Fleischman collection included objects dating from 2600 B.C. to 400 A.D. and featured bronze and marble sculptures and vessels, frescos and gold jewelry.