Judge slates another hearing in giant emerald case

The Los Angeles case of who really owns the mysterious 840-pound Bahia Emerald is far from over.

After hearing arguments on behalf of one claimant that a rival's ownership bid should be denied, Superior Court Judge John A. Kronstadt said Monday he will rule on that issue later.

Meantime, he asked the small army of attorneys present in his courtroom to find an agreeable date next month to return for a follow-up hearing and possible start of a trial to determine the real owner. At least three people lay claim to the $400-million-dollar rock dug up in Brazil in 2001.

The boulder-sized gem traveled a circuitous route through New Orleans, Idaho and Las Vegas before authorities seized it.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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