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Judge orders MLK's children to talk

Sept. 15, 2009 at 12:14 PM
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ATLANTA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The feuding children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. must talk to each other to settle their differences over their father's estate, an Atlanta judge says.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville ruled Monday that Dexter Scott King, head of King Inc., must hold a meeting with his two surviving siblings, Bernice and Martin Luther King III, allowing them to inspect the books to the slain civil rights leader's estate, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Bernice and Martin claim their brother has not held a King Inc. shareholders meeting since 2004, while Dexter's attorney says the pair's main reason for wanting one is to oust him as the company's chief executive.

Bernice and Martin have sued Dexter in an attempt to open the company's books, while Dexter has countersued in an attempt to force Bernice King to surrender a cache of love letters written by their father to their late mother, Coretta Scott King, the newspaper said.

Dexter King's attorneys, Craig Frankel and Lin Wood, said Dexter was not present at the hearing because he was recovering from a serious car accident that occurred in July.

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