JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The Mississippi Supreme Court says the son of Delta bluesman Robert Johnson can keep the profits from the only known photographs of his father.
The case turned on a technicality. The court ruled Thursday that other family members knew as early as 1990 about the photos and royalty payments. A court declared Claud Johnson the musician's sole heir in 1998.
Under Mississippi's statute of limitation, the state Supreme Court ruled a legal challenge should have been filed no later than 1994. A lawsuit by other family members over the photos was filed in 2000.
The court rejected arguments that the clock started when Claud Johnson was named sole heir.