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April 23, 1999
Re "Refreshing Ruling Blows Away the 'Is, Is' Smoke," Opinion, April 18: Despite the point raised by Suzanne Garment that the content of the 32-page opinion speaks to the boorish conduct of President Clinton, the fact remains that Judge Susan Webber Wright had no legal right to issue the opinion. Period. It is unfortunate that Garment sees the situation as a legal ambiguity, when in reality, Justice Wright has abused her authority. President Clinton's behavior was obnoxious, but even a first-year law student can see and appreciate the blatant misuse of the power to impose sanctions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2000
Re "Ethics Panel Advises Clinton Be Disbarred," May 23: The Arkansas committee made the correct decision as reflected in Monday's recommendation to disbar Bill Clinton. Their recommendation was based on actions by Clinton that led to Judge Susan Webber Wright finding him in civil contempt of court for "false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process" in relation to his sworn deposition in the Paula Jones case. Clinton had an opportunity to appeal Judge Wright's decision and chose not to do so. By not appealing, Clinton accepted the judgment and subsequently paid a fine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1998
Re Suzanne Garment's "There's No Escaping the Class System," Opinion, April 5: In her revealing, fumbled attempt to explain why the Jones vs. Clinton case was ruled incorrectly, Garment exposed her own class bias toward Paula Corbin Jones, describing her as a woman with "big hair," "on the lowest rung" of the "ladder of class." In sexual harassment cases, Garment says of Jones, "When compared with an MBA or a lawyer, such a woman is probably easier to discourage." Jones moved her family to California, used a spokesperson/han- dler and a battery of lawyers all to keep her sexual harassment case alive for five years; that is not someone who is easy to discourage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1999
Re "Refreshing Ruling Blows Away the 'Is, Is' Smoke," Opinion, April 18: Despite the point raised by Suzanne Garment that the content of the 32-page opinion speaks to the boorish conduct of President Clinton, the fact remains that Judge Susan Webber Wright had no legal right to issue the opinion. Period. It is unfortunate that Garment sees the situation as a legal ambiguity, when in reality, Justice Wright has abused her authority. President Clinton's behavior was obnoxious, but even a first-year law student can see and appreciate the blatant misuse of the power to impose sanctions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999
We must put an end to the "independent" counsel statute. No man is above the law. Kenneth Starr should be indicted for his political witch hunt of the president. All rules of law were broken by Starr. Let us now heal our country by never allowing anyone to operate carte blanche to destroy any sitting president by such biased investigations. Starr and his ilk must go. BARBARA FINCH Costa Mesa The acquittal was bittersweet. Lives have already been ruined, reputations tarnished and all due to an obvious hatred of our president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1998
Re "Judge Throws Out Jones' Suit," April 2: This a great day for the rule of law and for those who have experienced true sexual harassment. By dismissing the case against President Clinton, Judge Susan Webber Wright has stopped the assault against the hard-won principles that allow for the definition and prosecution of sexual harassment. The true crime in this episode is that the U.S. Supreme Court justices allowed this case to proceed to trial. The only winners are the lawyers. Now, will someone please tell Kenneth Starr to pack up his $40-million boxes and go home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2000
Re "Ethics Panel Advises Clinton Be Disbarred," May 23: The Arkansas committee made the correct decision as reflected in Monday's recommendation to disbar Bill Clinton. Their recommendation was based on actions by Clinton that led to Judge Susan Webber Wright finding him in civil contempt of court for "false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process" in relation to his sworn deposition in the Paula Jones case. Clinton had an opportunity to appeal Judge Wright's decision and chose not to do so. By not appealing, Clinton accepted the judgment and subsequently paid a fine.
NEWS
November 14, 1998 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton agreed Friday to pay $850,000 to Paula Corbin Jones to end her sexual harassment lawsuit, finally settling a case that began as an embarrassing nuisance for the former Arkansas governor but later sparked a criminal investigation that threatened to topple him from office. In settling the case, Clinton did not apologize to the former Arkansas state clerk or admit wrongdoing. Fifteen months ago, well before the name Monica S.
NEWS
September 21, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Susan McDougal asked a federal judge in Little Rock to delay her Whitewater trial in Arkansas while she stands trial on embezzlement charges in Los Angeles. President Clinton's former business partner is scheduled for trial Sept. 28. She is accused of criminal contempt and obstruction of justice for refusing to testify before a grand jury that investigated the Arkansas business deals of Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
NEWS
August 8, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge said she plans to set a trial date in Paula Corbin Jones' sexual-harassment lawsuit against President Clinton during a hearing later this month. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright said in a court order that the trial will be scheduled in her Little Rock, Ark., courtroom. Jones has accused Clinton of pressuring her to perform a sex act with him at a Little Rock hotel in May 1991 while he was governor of Arkansas and she was a state employee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999
We must put an end to the "independent" counsel statute. No man is above the law. Kenneth Starr should be indicted for his political witch hunt of the president. All rules of law were broken by Starr. Let us now heal our country by never allowing anyone to operate carte blanche to destroy any sitting president by such biased investigations. Starr and his ilk must go. BARBARA FINCH Costa Mesa The acquittal was bittersweet. Lives have already been ruined, reputations tarnished and all due to an obvious hatred of our president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1998
Re Suzanne Garment's "There's No Escaping the Class System," Opinion, April 5: In her revealing, fumbled attempt to explain why the Jones vs. Clinton case was ruled incorrectly, Garment exposed her own class bias toward Paula Corbin Jones, describing her as a woman with "big hair," "on the lowest rung" of the "ladder of class." In sexual harassment cases, Garment says of Jones, "When compared with an MBA or a lawyer, such a woman is probably easier to discourage." Jones moved her family to California, used a spokesperson/han- dler and a battery of lawyers all to keep her sexual harassment case alive for five years; that is not someone who is easy to discourage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1998
Re "Judge Throws Out Jones' Suit," April 2: This a great day for the rule of law and for those who have experienced true sexual harassment. By dismissing the case against President Clinton, Judge Susan Webber Wright has stopped the assault against the hard-won principles that allow for the definition and prosecution of sexual harassment. The true crime in this episode is that the U.S. Supreme Court justices allowed this case to proceed to trial. The only winners are the lawyers. Now, will someone please tell Kenneth Starr to pack up his $40-million boxes and go home.
NEWS
September 10, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge let Paula Corbin Jones' lawyers withdraw from her sexual-harassment lawsuit against President Clinton but ordered that the case stay on course for a trial in May. "All deadlines shall remain in place," U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright said in an order that let Joseph Cammarata and Gilbert K. Davis quit as Jones' lawyers. New attorneys for Jones have yet to emerge.
NEWS
July 31, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The lead law firm for Paula Jones said in Little Rock, Ark., that it will not appeal a federal judge's order awarding it $79,999 from President Clinton for costs incurred because of his false testimony about his relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky. The decision by Dallas-based Rader, Campbell, Fisher & Pyke all but wraps up Jones' dispute with Clinton.
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