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November 1, 1997 | From Associated Press
A federal judge extended the term of a Whitewater grand jury Friday after independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr told her that six more months of the jury's work would be "strongly in the public interest." Starr asked U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright to let the special grand jury stay on the job until May 7, 1998--two years after its first meeting. The grand jury's term had been scheduled to expire Nov. 7. Wright agreed that more time was needed "to complete several ongoing investigations."
Susan Webber Wright, the Little Rock, Ark., federal judge who threw out Paula Corbin Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit, often shares folksy details of her life with lawyers and jurors in her courtroom. While some starchy lawyers frown on that practice, those familiar with Wright say that her style only illustrates her self-confidence and independence--two qualities that helped propel this Republican appointee to issue a ruling that was cause for celebration in the Democratic White House.
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A federal judge has struck down a portion of a law in Arkansas that bans most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, reasoning that the fetus' viability, not heartbeat, determines the legality of such procedures. At issue was an Arkansas law passed last March that said a woman could not receive an abortion beyond 12 weeks if the fetus had a heartbeat, except in cases of rape, incest, if the woman's life was in danger or if the fetus had a highly lethal disorder. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that viability - or the fetus' ability to survive outside the womb - was the determining factor in abortion law and that Arkansas' law was therefore unconstitutional.
April 13, 1999
President Clinton escaped conviction by the Senate in his impeachment trial in February, but he could not escape the justifiable wrath of a federal magistrate in Arkansas on Monday on a matter closely related to the impeachment case against him. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that Clinton lied when questioned last year in the Paula Corbin Jones sexual harassment case.
Susan McDougal, the convicted Whitewater figure who already has served 1 1/2 years in prison rather than answer questions from prosecutors, is expected to reassert her intransigence today when she is brought before a federal grand jury again. "I would bet the farm that Susan will not cooperate," said Mark J. Geragos, her lawyer from Los Angeles, in an interview. "I just can't imagine that she would."
December 18, 1997 | From Reuters
President Clinton on Wednesday emphatically denied all of the allegations made against him in Paula Corbin Jones' sexual-harassment lawsuit and urged a federal judge to dismiss the case. Using his strongest language in the case to date, Clinton said in a court filing here that the lawsuit was a "groundless attempt" by Jones and her conservative supporters to humiliate him. He said he never sexually harassed Jones or any other woman.
May 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
Whitewater figure Susan McDougal, imprisoned for 20 months, should be freed because she has done more time than her co-defendants and may have her conviction overturned, her lawyer said Wednesday. In court papers, lawyer Mark Geragos asked a federal judge to reduce McDougal's two-year prison sentence to probation. "Susan has done more time than anybody connected with this investigation," he said. "It makes sense to resentence her and let her out at this point."
January 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
President Clinton's attorneys are looking at trying to reschedule a deposition of Clinton set for next week in Paula Corbin Jones' sexual-harassment suit, sources close to Clinton's legal team said Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Jones said Wednesday that the former Arkansas state employee plans to exercise her right to confront Clinton face-to-face at the deposition, which her legal team, in a subpoena to the president, scheduled for Jan. 17 at the White House.
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