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Judge: Martin Luther King's Bible, Nobel Medal Go to Estate

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s feuding children. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 10:39 AM

A judge in Atlanta has signed a consent order stating that Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Prize should be turned over to his estate, meaning they may be sold now, and ending years of ugly infighting among his children.

The order by Atlanta's Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ended the latest battle between King's heirs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The estate is chaired by a son, Martin Luther King III.

Daughter Bernice King had taken possession of the Bible, Nobel Prize and other items because she did not want her brothers selling them, reported the Los Angeles Times.

McBurney's order ended legal action in a two-year-old lawsuit in which former President Jimmy Carter helped mediate.

"I was pleased to have worked with this family to resolve some difficult and long standing issues," Carter told AJC. "While Bernice has always believed that the Peace Prize and Bible should not be sold, I am grateful that she has agreed not to stand in the way of the estate's decisions about how to handle the items."

"As in any mediation, compromises were required, and I am glad that the parties resolved the issues in the interest of the greater good and their parents' legacy."

Reuters said the three remaining siblings – Martin Luther King III, Bernice King and Dexter King – serve as directors of the corporation created to manage their father's estate. He did not have a will when he was assassinated at 39 in 1968.

Yolanda Denise King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest daughter, died in Santa Monica, California in 2007 at 51, said The New York Times. Coretta Scott King, their mother, died in 2006 at 78.

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