Bernice King wants attorney representing her brothers off case - CBS46 News

Bernice King wants the attorney representing her brothers thrown off case

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Bernice King wants William Hill, the attorney representing her brothers, disqualified from the case.

Martin Luther King  III and Dexter King hired Hill to represent the King Estate. They filed a complaint against their sister Bernice King asking a judge to force her to hand over their father's personal Bible and Nobel Peace Prize so Martin Luther King III and Dexter King can sell them.

During a previous hearing, Judge Robert McBurney ordered Bernice King to turn over those items.

She did this week and they were placed in a safety deposit box for the court to control until there is a ruling in the case.

The trial is set for September but could be delayed if Bernice King is successful at getting her brothers' attorney disqualified.

Bill Thomas is a former federal prosecutor.

"It appears that they [Bernice King's legal team] are alleging that he [Hill] has some information this is going to create a conflict for him to now represent one part against the other," said Thomas.

A judge appointed Hill as Special Master in 2008 when Bernice King and Martin Luther King III filed a complaint against Dexter King.

They accused him of taking money from the King Estate and putting it in his personal account.

During the hearing, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney told Bernice King's attorney the conflict of interest was not clear.

"We need to work through how this case is the same matter as the 2008 case and then I need to be educated on how Mr. Hill as a special master became privy to privileged information," said McBurney.

"The motion to disqualify was filed in this case by Bernice King's lawyers for a tactical advantage," said Hill. "They filed only after you [Judge McBurney] issued your order requiring that she deposit these items, the Nobel Peace Prize and Bible in a safe deposit box."

The judge told Hill he wants to hear from Dexter King before he issues a ruling. Dexter King will testify and answer questions via video conference.

The court has not set a date for that conference.

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