Parks’ lawyer pressed to turn over prized ar­ti­facts

Bank­ruptcy judge sets dead­line: ‘I feel like I’m in ‘Alice in Won­der­land’’

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY ROBERT SNELL The Detroit News

— Rosa Parks’ lawyer avoided jail Tues­day and re­ceived three more weeks to turn over a miss­ing trea­sure trove of civil rights, Mo­town and African-Amer­i­can ob­jects.

U.S. Bank­ruptcy Judge Marci McIvor made the de­ci­sion dur­ing a tense meet­ing with bank­ruptcy of­fi­cials who ac­cused Detroit lawyer Gre­gory Reed of fail­ing to sur­ren­der his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant as­sets as or­dered in his long-run­ning bank­ruptcy case. The court hear­ing in down­town Detroit came hours af­ter The Detroit News chron­i­cled the le­gal fight over the miss­ing items.

McIvor wants lawyers for bank­ruptcy trustee Ken­neth Nathan to de­ter­mine the value of the ap­prox­i­mately 135 miss­ing items, which in­clude Parks’ key to the city of Detroit, iron slave shack­les, a first-edi­tion au­to­graphed copy of ed­u­ca­tor Booker T. Wash­ing­ton’s 1901 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy “Up From Slav­ery” and gold records awarded to Mo­town stars.

The judge is con­cerned about ris­ing costs in the three-year-old bank­ruptcy case, which are eat­ing into money avail­able for cred­i­tors. McIvor also wants to en­sure the miss­ing items are valu­able.

“I am not go­ing to im­pose the Dra­co­nian re­sult of send­ing Mr. Reed to jail un­til I have a bet­ter idea of what is go­ing on in terms of the value” of the miss­ing items, the judge said.

Le­gal fees in the case are about $400,000 but cred­i­tors have re­ceived only $75,000, the judge said.

“At this point, cred­i­tors need to start get­ting paid,” the judge said.

The trustee’s lawyer, Erica Ehrlich­man, said the items are worth “hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars” but will have an es­ti­mate pre­pared in com­ing weeks. An auc­tion­eer is in­ter-

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