Judge says being harassed in Parks estate dispute

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A judge is accusing a lawyer of harassment in a long-running dispute over the estate of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

In an order dated Monday, Wayne County Probate Judge Freddie Burton Jr. says he hasn't decided whether to disqualify himself from the case.

Attorney Stephen G. Cohen has accused Burton and two lawyers of conspiring to rack up more than $507,000 in unnecessary legal fees for the Parks estate. Cohen says the estate is $88,000 in debt.

The judge dismissed many of Cohen's filings and ordered him to "cease harassment." In response, Cohen says he'll ask the state appeals court to intervene. He calls Burton's order "extraordinary."

Parks left almost all her estate to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute, which Cohen represents. Parks died in 2005.

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