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

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Continued Dispute Over James Brown's Estate

James BrownAs I have previously discussed, the state has conducted itself in a pecuilar manner in resolving the dispute over the Estate of James Brown by refusing to cooperate with a formal request based upon the Freedom of Information Act. Reports have also reported that it appears that the State of the South Carolina may have misappropriated funds from Brown's estate by declaring certain disinherited or excluded parties as heirs of the estate, contrary to the wishes of the late "Godfather of Soul." The main person who was named was Tommie Rae Hynie, who claimed to be Brown's common law after his death in 2006.

The troubling matter about this dispute is that many news sources do not seem to be concerned with the lack of government accountability in this matter, even though there could be a clear violation of estate and government abuse. What's worse is that these news sources might be intentionally distancing themselves from the story. There are a few legal blogs and reporters who are still reporting on this story, including The Newberry Observer's Sue Summer.

See As James Brown Estate Saga Gains Spotlight, South Carolina Fights to Keep Public in Dark, EstateofDenial, Aug. 18, 2012.

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


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The former SC AG involved in this is now on the University of South Carolina Law Faculty.

Posted by: anon | Aug 22, 2012 7:43:58 PM

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