- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Trustees who say they were unjustly removed from James Brown’s charitable trust want South Carolina’s Supreme Court to strike a settlement agreement they say shouldn’t have been authorized.

Justices on Tuesday questioned trustees who have sued over the settlement that gave about half of Brown’s assets to an education fund for needy children, a quarter to his widow and young son and the rest to his adult children.

The trustees say then-South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster didn’t have the authority to push through the deal that ended years of fighting among Brown’s heirs that started after the Godfather of Soul died of heart failure on Christmas Day 2006.

Brown’s adult children say the plan was fair and hope the dispute is resolved so poor children can benefit from Brown’s benevolence.


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