A Fulton County Superior Court Judge on Monday ordered the children of the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to sit down and talk.
Judge Ural D. Glanville also ruled that a claim that Dexter King shirked his
fudiciary duties as head of King, Inc., should be heard by a jury.
Bernice and Martin Luther King III sued Dexter Scott King last year in an
attempt to force him to open the books to their father’s estate. The two
claim that Dexter King has kept them in the dark regarding the financial
operations of the estate. In a counter suit against his sister, Dexter King
has asked a judge to force Bernice King to turn over a cache of love letters
that were written between Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The
letters are part of Coretta Scott King’s personal papers.
Martin and Bernice told the judge that Dexter, who runs King, Inc., had not
held a meeting since 2004.
Dexter King’s attorneys contended that the other King siblings never made a
formal request for a meeting. The attorneys for Dexter King said that Martin
and Bernice’s main reason for wanting a meeting was to oust Dexter.
Since the death of their mother and older sister, the three surviving Kings
are the company’s sole shareholders.
Dexter King was not present at Monday’s hearing. Dexter King’s attorney said
his client didn’t need to be in court, and besides, he couldn’t even if he
wanted to because he was in rehab after a serious automobile accident in
“He has a severe injury to his leg and he was in the hospital quite some time
for rehabilitation,” said Craig Frankel of the law firm Gaslowitz Frankel.
“He is not allowed to travel.”
Frankel and Lin Wood, another attorney for Dexter King, confirmed that in
July, he was involved in a serious two-car accident in California.
Wood said that someone hit King’s car and he suffered a shattered right femur.
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