Monday, September 23, 2013 4:56 pm
Miss. court hears dispute over photos of bluesman
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSAssociated Press
Johnson was destitute when he died in 1938 at age 27. His estate is valuable, partly because of a collection of his recordings that won a Grammy in 1990.
Three justices heard arguments Monday in the photo dispute.
On one side are descendants of Johnson's late half-sister, Carrie Harris Thompson. Their attorney argues the photos were Thompson's personal property but that others profited from them.
On the other side are Sony Music Entertainment Inc.; Johnson's only heir, his son Claud Johnson; and a promoter who had a 1974 contract with Thompson.