MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Country music star Hank Williams Jr. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down "feel-good jurisprudence" that gave his half sister a claim to the estate of their famous father.
Williams' lawyers contended in the filing that the state Supreme Court gave a share of the late country music Hank Williams Sr.'s estate to his illegitimate daughter, Jett Williams, even though the estate had been closed since 1975.
Williams also asked the court to hear an appeal of a New York appeals court that, relying on the Alabama case, gave Jett Williams a share of continuing music royalties stemming from songs written by her father.
Hank Williams Sr. died five days before his daughter was born in 1953 to Bobbie Jett. The Alabama court noted that her paternity was not suggested to her until 1974, when she was a 21-year-old University of Alabama student.