Judge weighs request to dismiss Earhart suit

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge says he plans to rule soon on a request to dismiss a lawsuit by a man who claims he was defrauded when he donated money to search for the plane of Amelia Earhart after it had already been discovered in the South Pacific.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl heard arguments Tuesday.

Timothy Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, in June sued the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery of Delaware and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.

Mellon, of Riverside, Wyo., says the group solicited $1 million from him last year without telling him it had found Earhart’s plane two years earlier. Earhart’s plane disappeared over the South Pacific in 1937.

The group and Gillespie deny that they found the wreckage.

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