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October 13, 2012

Nibbe dispute may lead to legislation



Cornish and Johnson are working on a law that would be similar to financial requirements couples have to comply with while going through a divorce. Investments, savings and other valuables are inventoried early on so they can be split fairly during the court process.

They are meeting with three lawyers — a criminal lawyer, a probate lawyer and a legislative researcher — in St. Paul next week to start work on a rough draft for the legislation, Cornish said. Those attorneys will advise Cornish about whether or not it is possible to write a new law that will address the problem.

“If we find in our meeting that we can do this, we’ll write up the reform legislation and introduce it — maybe during the first week of January,” he said. “Then we’ll take testimony and, in Leslie’s case, she can talk about the long line of tears her family has gone through to get anything back.”

Johnson said her family hopes something can be done.

“We just want our things back,” Johnson said. “Even if it’s too late for us, we want to change the law, in Jim’s name, so no one else has to go through this.”

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