Probate judge rules sales from Rosa Parks' estate must be OK'd by court

DETROIT (AP) -- A Wayne County probate judge says nothing from Rosa Parks' estate can be sold without court approval.

The Detroit Free Press reports Judge Freddie Burton Jr. made the ruling Wednesday in the long-running dispute over the late civil rights icon's estate.

The judge also refused to require the two people recently put back in charge of the estate to post an $8 million surety bond to protect the financial interests of Parks' nieces and nephews should any of her possessions be sold.

The relatives' lawyer Lawrence Pepper asked for the bond, saying the estate's personal representatives could dispose of Parks' property without their consent.

The hearing is the latest twist in a legal fight that began when the relatives challenged Parks' will after she died in 2005.

Published: Fri, Mar 23, 2012