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Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 7:17am.

BEAUFORT, NC (AP) -- An attorney is asking a judge to release two North Carolina brothers locked in a coastal county's jail for nine months for refusing to abandon waterfront property in their family for a century. The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels have been held in contempt of court for refusing to demolish or move their houses and agree never to return. Attorney Terry Richardson of Wilmington says jailing the brothers is designed to force them to surrender their family's ownership rights. Their Beaufort County property has been tied up in court since an ancestor died more than 40 years ago without a will. His brother claimed the land and the brothers say they didn't know their lawyer signed away ownership rights. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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