Newswire: Judge rules selling Whitney Houston’s passport is okay, but not her Emmy

It increasingly seems like nothing even tangentially related to the life or death of Whitney Houston can occur without some kind of conflict or contested legal battle. We’ve already reported on the multiple biopic projects fighting it out over the superstar’s legacy. Now, efforts by her estate to auction off the singer’s belongings have hit a snag of their own, with a U.S. District Judge ruling that Houston’s Emmy award can’t be included in the sale.

Citing claims from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences that it retains ownership over distributed awards, and that heirs are expected to return the statues to the Academy if they no longer wish to keep the awards after a recipient’s death, a judge has ruled that the Emmy will not be included in a wide-ranging auction of Houston’s personal effects. Houston won the award in …

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