Brown's widow will get decision

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AIKEN --- By spring, James Brown's disputed widow could have a decision on whether she'll receive a portion of the late singer's estate.

A deadline of 120 days was set Friday to address whether Tomi Rae Hynie Brown was the singer's common law wife during what was termed a housekeeping session of the James Brown court proceedings, according to Judge Jack Early's office and Robert Rosen, Mrs. Brown's representative.

Though no decisions were made, some of those present said the two-hour closed session dealt with upcoming legal issues to settle Mr. Brown's estate, including:

- Attorney services and fees for overseeing the trust

- A request for special administrators of fees

- Pre-trial arrangements to disperse tangible personal property, including the Beech Island estate

- Possible release of documents previously sealed

Because Judge Early was suffering from the flu, the session was closed to the public and took place in a grand jury room instead of open court. However, the clerk of court's office said transcripts of the proceedings would be made available.

More paperwork disputing court-appointed trustees Adele Pope and Robert Buchanan over the James Brown trust also was filed Friday by Grace Lewis, Georgia's senior assistant attorney general, on behalf of the Georgia Attorney General's office.

Former Spartanburg County Probate Judge Raymond Eubanks Jr., who reviewed Mr. Brown's will and irrevocable trust in 2000, stated in that affidavit that the special administrators' appointments as trustees last month was a conflict of interest for them to serve in two capacities.

Filings also stated that only current assets of the estate that are documented should be willed to the children. The next public session scheduled in the trial is Jan. 9.

Reach Julia Sellers at (803) 648-1395, ext. 106 or julia.sellers@augustachronicle.com.

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justus4
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justus4 12/22/07 - 07:28 am
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This case is so pathetic.
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This case is so pathetic. Brown's estate will be used to enrich others like attorneys, court fees and this common law woman. Everyone BUT who he wanted to benefit from his work. And this crooked court will probably give this woman half, because of the kid involved. Brown should have left this area long ago and abandoned the losers that surrounded him including those lawyers. Their license to practice must have come from a Cracker Jack box. Brown's legal advisers are the epitome of incompetence and corruption and his REAL family will suffer. The courts will exercise it's decisions, leaving many to ponder; is my last Will & Testament current?

karmakills123
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karmakills123 12/22/07 - 09:15 am
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justus the only person to

justus the only person to blame in this entire sad mess is.....JAMES BROWN.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 12/22/07 - 09:32 am
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Got to agree with Karma on

Got to agree with Karma on this one. And if Tommi Raye does get half of the pittance that remains....good for her! His family was only around when it suited THEM and whenever there was something to gain. However, in order to get half....the courts should mandate a DNA test for little James. If he passes, momma wins. Fact is, if the kids were part of James' daily life, half of all this would have been noticed by them. I think, in the end, they all are getting what they deserve....good or bad.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/22/07 - 09:40 am
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Nobody cares anymore...
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Nobody cares anymore...

slo4sho
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slo4sho 12/22/07 - 09:48 am
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Will you people let a dead

Will you people let a dead man rest?

intheknow
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intheknow 12/22/07 - 10:13 am
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How in the hell do you blame

How in the hell do you blame Mr. Brown for lawyer still his money? Like SLO4SHO said " Will you people let a dead man rest?"

intheknow
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intheknow 12/22/07 - 11:06 am
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i meant steal.

i meant steal.

intheknow
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intheknow 12/22/07 - 11:07 am
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steal

steal

WW1949
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WW1949 12/22/07 - 12:07 pm
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Karma I agree with you.

Karma I agree with you. Always make sure your will is up to date and leaves nothing to missenterpert. Specifiy what you want to go to who and when. Check everything. When my father died he left a great deal of money and nothing was left in question. It all went to my mother. The children did not come out of the woodwork like Mr. Browns and children were not found all over the place. Everything happening today is Mr. Brown's fault and the fault of his children not wanting to recognize his present legal or comon law wife and child.

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 12/22/07 - 01:10 pm
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Denali123, your missenterpert

Denali123, your missenterpert is incorrectly spelled, misinterpret is the correct spelling. It's also what you want to go to whom, not who. English 101........Besides, everything should go to Tomi Rae and the kid.

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sassychic 12/22/07 - 01:20 pm
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what i want to know is why in

what i want to know is why in the hell little james brown jr. had'nt hada DNA.TEST done yet? and if the courts's really wanted to know if that was his son they could have made TOMIE RAY, submitt one to the courts in a certain amount of time ,but rather than do that the courts are dragging this thing out b/c they are benefiting in this as well as the lawyers and when it's all said and done the KIDS,will have nothing but bills to pay to the lawyers for running up the cost to try to obtain everything!!and dy the way has the kids PAID MR.CHARLIE REID YET? in the spring she will win this mess anyway.

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mgroothand 12/22/07 - 01:55 pm
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sassychic: This case has

sassychic: This case has provided the perfect opportunity to add something to the common phrase you used: "when all is said and done" "when all is said and done, a lot more has been said than done"

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/22/07 - 03:18 pm
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We all know who James Brown
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We all know who James Brown wanted to benefit from his work.... James Brown!!!! His sorry image was going downhill and he had to come up with some publicity stunt to make a come back... HA!

CKB
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CKB 12/22/07 - 05:17 pm
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but..... we still honor

but..... we still honor him????? sad to make a person like this an idol for kids to "look up to". not in my book.

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dani 12/22/07 - 05:45 pm
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I agree with Toni Rae. If

I agree with Toni Rae. If James Jr had to take the test, so should all the other alledged offspring. That is the only fair and equitable way.

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EdithPiaf 12/23/07 - 01:35 am
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GEEZ! Same old sad song from

GEEZ! Same old sad song from all of you. Tomirae was his WIFE. She is supposed to get not only half, but everything. Especially since his kids weren't worth didly squat as far as "representing" when it came to The Godfather of Soul. Now that he's dead, people want to show some love leave flowers at his statue, throw a party for him on his birthday during First Friday, etc.... All these things should have been done while he was ALIVE, so he could appreciate it.

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WAG 12/27/07 - 10:24 am
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This is such bull. He was a

This is such bull. He was a sorry man with no ethics. Couldn't keep his pants zipped. Just get on with it and get it out of the news. Make all the kids take DNA test. Who knows who their "daddy" is.........Trash just trash

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