King Children in Court with Book Deal on the Line

ATLANTA (AP) - The children of Coretta Scott King and the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. faced off in an Atlanta courtroom Tuesday in
a dispute over their mother's personal papers that could derail a
lucrative book deal.

Dexter King, as the head of his father's estate, is seeking his
mother's papers, which are currently in his sister's possession.
Bernice King is refusing to turn them over, claiming her mother did
not want to participate in the $1.4 million book deal.

New York-based Penguin Group is threatening to pull the deal
Friday without the documents.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville delayed making
a decision Tuesday and appointed a special master to determine what
documents were at issue. He said it would be impossible for him to
decide without an accurate inventory.

He said he is aware of the deadline and will resolve the issue as soon as possible.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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