LATEST: The long-running legal battle between civil-rights icon Rosa Parks
and hip-hop act Outkast looks set to end, after Parks' family announced she is
mentally unfit to fight in court.
RHEA McCAULEY, one of Parks' 13 nieces and nephews, claims 91-year-old
Park is unaware she's been involved in the five-year-old dispute over the track
from Outkast's platinum 1998 album AQUEMINI.
Parks' lawyers sued Outkast's parent label BMG, claiming the company was
profiting from her name, which is a registered trademark. The lawsuit also
alleges the conglomerate defamed her name and legacy as a civil rights pioneer
McCauley tells American newspaper USA TODAY, "It's not something Auntie
Rosie would ever have wanted.
"She was very unconcerned about money but very concerned about her
privacy. This would not be the way she would want to be remembered."
Parks' lawyer GREGORY REED is also confident a deal can be made before the
trial starts on 10 January (05).
He says, "I take it as a very good sign that matters appear to be moving
forward. It's time, for the sake of Mrs Parks, that everyone gets together to