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Buckley Kin Loses Appeal

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File photo of a gavel. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s second-highest court says six nieces and nephews of the late columnist William F. Buckley Jr. aren’t entitled to a bigger piece of the family fortune.

The state Appellate Court ruled Monday that there was nothing wrong in the distribution of trust funds left behind by Aloise Buckley Heath of West Hartford, a sister of the conservative writer.

She died in 1967.

Six of Heath’s 10 children sued their father, Benjamin W. Heath, in 2009, saying he shouldn’t have received 54 percent of the trust funds and accusing him of theft and misappropriation.

The children say they should have received all the inheritance, which included some of the family’s interests in oil, gas and mineral rights.

The value of the funds isn’t clear.

Benjamin Heath died in 2012.

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