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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, May 6, 2012

More On James Brown's Estate and FOIA Requests

ImagesI previously blogged about James Brown’s estate and the Freedom of Information Act requests that the AG continues to decline. The most recent decline from the AG is the release of Hynie’s diaries. Hynie and Brown exchanged vows in 2001 while she was married to another man. Copies of the diary were available early in the Brown estate case, but a judge ordered them to be taken back to Hynie’s attorney. Judge Early will conduct a hearing to determine whether he should release the diaries.

After Brown died, Hynie claimed to be his widow and contested his estate plan. These diaries supposedly disclosed evidence that indicated Hynie was not Brown’s wife, and knew that she wasn’t. Brown’s will and his estate plan said that anyone who contested his will would get nothing. Former AG Henry McMaster, stepped in and gave away more than half of Brown’s music empire to people who Brown had excluded from inheriting it. These diaries could provide evidence that the AG never should have included Hynie in the settlement deal.

See Sue Summer, James Brown Diaries FOIA Request to be Decided, The Newberry Observor, May 3, 2012.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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