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Nixon Daughters Face Mediation

June 14, 2002|From Associated Press

MIAMI — A probate judge on Thursday ordered Richard Nixon's daughters into face-to-face mediation, hoping to end a two-year fight over how to spend a $20-million bequest for his presidential library.

Miami-Dade County Judge Maria Korvick gave Tricia Cox and Julie Eisenhower 60 days to meet with Nixon's longtime friend Robert Abplanalp, library representatives and estate trustees.

"No one is excused from appearing in person," Korvick said.

In January, the Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda sued a trust created in the will of Nixon's longtime friend, banker Charles "Bebe" Rebozo.

Rebozo left 65% of his estate to the library on the condition that the Nixon sisters and Abplanalp approve the spending.

The sisters are fighting over whether the library should be operated by the family, which is Cox's view, or by a 24-member board, the preference of Eisenhower and the library foundation.

The foundation is suing in Florida and California to unfreeze money from Rebozo's estate.

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