Fri., April 27, 2012 8:11am (EDT)

High Court Turns Down SCLC Case
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
In 2010, federal and local authorities launched an investigation into allegations that SCLC's chairman and treasurer mismanaged at least $569,000 of the group's money. Authorities later found the accusations were unsubstantiated. (Photo Courtesy of Joe Gratz via Flickr.)
In 2010, federal and local authorities launched an investigation into allegations that SCLC's chairman and treasurer mismanaged at least $569,000 of the group's money. Authorities later found the accusations were unsubstantiated. (Photo Courtesy of Joe Gratz via Flickr.)
The state's highest court will not to hear a challenge over the leadership of a historic civil rights group.

The Georgia Supreme Court denied a request to hear the challenge brought by ousted board members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A superior court judge ruled last fall against the breakaway faction.

In 2010, federal and local authorities launched an investigation into allegations that SCLC's chairman and treasurer mismanaged at least $569,000 of the group's money. The dispute split longtime colleagues — some with friendships dating back to the civil rights era — and exposed severe gaps in SCLC's governance.

Authorities later found the accusations were unsubstantiated.

The SCLC was co-founded by the Revs. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph Lowery and others in 1957.