Wayne County Probate Judge Freddie Burton Jr. has postponed a court hearing set for today [1/25/12] at which he was to decide whether to return the estate of civil rights icon Rosa Parks to the people she picked for the task.
Burton said that he is awaiting instructions from the Michigan Supreme Court.
The high court ordered Burton on Dec. 29 to put Elaine Steele, Parks' longtime assistant and caregiver, and Adam Shakoor, a retired 36th District Court judge, back in charge of the estate. They would replace attorneys John Chase Jr. and Melvin Jefferson Jr., whom Burton put in charge after Parks' nieces and nephews contested their aunt's will.
Burton told the Supreme Court last week that Steele is unfit for the job. Her lawyer, Steven Cohen, disputed that and urged the Supreme Court on Monday to remove Burton from the case.
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