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MLK Jr.'s Children Fighting over Nobel Prize, Bible

Part of a series of legal battles

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are locked in yet another legal battle, this time over the civil rights icon's Nobel Peace Prize and his personal Bible.

The complaint against Bernice King was filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta by her father's estate, which is controlled by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. Bernice King said in a statement Tuesday that her brothers want to sell the Bible and medal to a private buyer and that she opposes that.

It is the latest in a string of legal battles between the siblings.

King's heirs agreed in 1995 to sign over their rights to many items they inherited from their father to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., the complaint says. Bernice King has repeatedly acknowledged the validity of that agreement, but has refused to turn over her father's "traveling" Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, the complaint says.