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Judge Could Rule In Dispute Over MLK Bible, Nobel Medal

Bernice King speaks during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Atlanta.at Ebenezer Baptist Church where her father Martin Luther King Jr. preached.  King is in a legal battle with her brothers over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Bernice King speaks during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Atlanta.at Ebenezer Baptist Church where her father Martin Luther King Jr. preached. King is in a legal battle with her brothers over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s traveling Bible hasn’t gone on regular display since President Barack Obama used it while taking his second oath of office two years ago. The public hasn’t seen the slain civil rights icon’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal in recent years, either.

Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta judge presiding over the latest — and in many eyes, the ugliest — fight between King’s heirs.

The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., which is controlled by Martin Luther King III and his younger brother, Dexter Scott King, asked a judge a year ago to order their sister Bernice to turn over their father’s Nobel medal and traveling Bible. The brothers want to sell them to a private buyer.