MLK Estate Hires New Lawyers In Ownership Dispute

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News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: April 14, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. has hired a new legal team after a judge disqualified its lawyers from participating in a dispute over the ownership of King's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.

The slain civil rights icon's estate, controlled by his sons, is locked in a legal dispute with his daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, over ownership of the items.

Fulton County Superior Judge Robert McBurney on April 2 granted a request by Bernice's lawyers to disqualify the estate's lawyer, William Hill, and his law firm because he was appointed by another judge to help resolve a similar 2008 dispute between the King children and the entities they control.

The estate filed paperwork Friday informing the court it will be represented by Nicole Wade and Luke Lantta.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- A lawyer involved in the dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize says few words were exchanged as King's daughter Bernice quietly surrendered the items so they could be placed in a safe deposit box.

A judge had ordered the items be kept there, with the keys held by the court, until the dispute can be settled.

Lawyer William Hill, who represents two other King children, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( that Bernice King turned over the possessions to Martin Luther King III so they could be placed in the safe deposit box during a Monday meeting that was over in five minutes.

A judge is considering whether King III and his brother, Dexter Scott King, can sell the Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. is calling on her brothers to reconsider their plan to sell or lease the civil rights icon's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.

King's estate is run by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The estate's lawyers on Jan. 31 asked a judge to order their sister, the Rev. Bernice King, to surrender the items.

Bernice called on her brothers to search their conscience at a news conference Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

A judge last week set a Wednesday deadline for the items to be placed in the safe deposit box and for the keys to be handed over to the court. But Bernice's lawyer says the deadline has been pushed forward another five days.