Court sides with TV anchor in MLK papers lawsuit - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Court sides with Howard Ballou in MLK papers lawsuit

Maude Ballou was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal secretary when he led the Montgomery Improvement Association in Alabama. (Source: Ballou Family) Maude Ballou was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal secretary when he led the Montgomery Improvement Association in Alabama. (Source: Ballou Family)

JACKSON, Miss (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that allows a Mississippi television anchor to keep documents and other material tied to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

King's estate sued Howard Ballou, an anchor for WLBT-TV, in September 2011 in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Miss. The estate wanted to take possession of the material.

The suit said Ballou's mother, Maude Ballou, worked as King's secretary from 1955 to 1960 and kept the items.

Maude Ballou said King gave them to her.

U.S. District Judge Tom Lee dismissed the estate's lawsuit on March 23, 2012, saying there's nothing to contradict Maude Ballou's testimony that King gave her the material.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld that decision Friday.

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