Former US president Jimmy Carter is stepping in to help resolve a legal battle over Martin Luther King Jr’s travelling bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
The civil rights icon’s estate, which is controlled by his sons, last year asked a judge to order their sister to surrender the items. In a board of directors meeting last year, Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King voted against Bernice King to sell the two artefacts to a private buyer.
Lawyers for the two sides told Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney in May that they were close to an agreement but not quite there.
McBurney issued an order instructing them to use a mediator to resolve the dispute after a lawyer for Bernice King asked the judge to order mediation and the estate’s lawyer did not object.
“I am honoured to be working with the King family in an effort to resolve the legal issues relating to their remarkable legacy,” Carter said in a statement issued after a meeting at the Carter Centre.
“I have great respect for each of the three heirs of this legacy. They are working diligently with me, and I believe we will be able to resolve these difficult disputes once and for all.”