April 2, 1998 |
A federal judge threw out Paula Corbin Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton on Wednesday, citing a lack of substantive proof that Jones was sexually assaulted or harassed in her job--a ruling the White House hailed as "vindication" for Clinton. Jones' attorneys quickly announced their intention to file an appeal. The decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright did not conclude whether Clinton had made an improper sexual advance toward Jones.
November 10, 1998 |
Before she dismissed Paula Corbin Jones' sexual harassment suit against the president, the federal judge in the case did her best to promote a settlement, even offering to personally persuade the former Arkansas clerk that she "would have a difficult time winning her case," according to court documents released Monday. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright is just one of several people, including some of her own lawyers, who have urged Jones to settle the four-year-old case--to no avail.
April 2, 1998 |
It was the legal equivalent of the playground basketball rule: No harm, no foul. Then-Gov. Clinton was "certainly boorish and offensive" if a former state government clerk in Arkansas named Paula Corbin Jones has testified truthfully, and his alleged sexual proposition to her in 1991 indeed was "an odious one," U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright said.
September 21, 1998 |
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.
August 8, 1997 |
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
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.