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Jimmy Carter to mediate in Martin Luther King family battle

Published 06/10/2015

Martin Luther King's children are involved in a legal battle over their father's bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize
Martin Luther King's children are involved in a legal battle over their father's bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize

Former US president Jimmy Carter is stepping in to help resolve a legal battle over the Martin Luther King's travelling bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

The assassinated civil rights leader's estate is controlled by his sons, who last year asked a judge to order their sister to surrender the items.

In a board of directors meeting last year, sons Martin Luther King and Dexter Scott King voted 2-1 against Bernice King to sell the two artefacts to a private buyer.

In May t he judge in the case ordered the two sides into mediation after lawyers for both sides said they were close to an agreement and Bernice King's lawyers asked for mediation.

Mr Carter, 91, said he met the Kings at the Carter Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, and the three siblings issued a statement expressing optimism about a resolution.

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