ested in one missing letter written by Parks that could fetch more than $100,000, Ehrlichman said.
The iron shackles and Washington autobiography also are valuable, the lawyer said.
Reed, 69, was ordered to surrender the items two years ago to satisfy creditors, but lawyers discovered the property was missing from Reed’s home in Indian Village during a visit in July.
On Tuesday, the judge pressed Reed about the missing items, particularly the Washington autobiography. “Where is that?” the judge said. “It’s in the (home) library,” Reed said. “You’re willing to turn it over?” the judge said. “It was there,” Reed said. “I don’t care,” the judge said. “Will you turn it over?” “I will,” Reed said, “if I can find it.” “If it’s in your house, you find it,” the judge said. “It didn’t fly away. I feel like I’m in ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ “Is it in your house?” the judge asked. “It should have been there,” Reed said. “That’s not an answer,” the judge said. “Is house?” “I don’t know,” Reed said. Reed suggested bankruptcy officials overlooked the items during the July visit to his house.
“You didn’t turn it over,” the judge said. “It wasn’t their obligation to ransack the house. I don’t find it credible that they would have missed a Booker T. Washington book they were looking for.”
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