MLK son Dexter wins ruling vs. siblings

Dec. 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM
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ATLANTA, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A Georgia judge says two children of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. must pay some costs incurred by a sibling they're fighting in court.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville also said Monday that Martin Luther King III and his sister, the Rev. Bernice King, have needlessly delayed the resolution of their legal battle with their brother, Dexter King, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

The ruling by Glanville is part of a long-running legal battle between the King children over their father's estate. In July, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III filed suit against Dexter, chairman and chief executive officer of the King Center for Nonviolent Change, whom they accused of mishandling funds and hiding documents from them, the newspaper said.

Dexter King, in turn, filed a countersuit, accusing his siblings of misusing the center's names and facilities. Dexter was seeking "love letters" belonging to their late mother, Coretta Scott King, for a biography of her he is writing.

Glanville ruled Monday that Bernice and Martin Luther King III would have to pay any costs incurred by Dexter to respond to their challenge of the release of the records, the Journal-Constitution reported.

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