Judge disqualifies MLK estate lawyer from case

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawyer for the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. cannot participate in a dispute over the ownership of King's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.

Judge Robert McBurney issued the order last week.

The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. is controlled by King's sons. It is locked in a court battle with the slain civil rights leader's daughter over the Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal.

Bernice King's lawyers asked the judge to disqualify the estate's lawyer, William Hill, and his firm because he was appointed by a judge to help resolve a similar 2008 dispute between the King children and the entities they control.

Lawyers for both sides did not immediately return emails seeking comment Monday morning.

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