CLINTON ATTORNEY CALLS JONES' CLAIMS `GARBAGE'.Byline: Larry Margasak Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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In a fierce legal counterattack Attacking an attacker. Even though a criminal hacker or other agent is attempting to penetrate a security perimeter or damage systems, the counterattack must not violate applicable laws. , President Clinton's lawyer declared Friday that Paula Jones' evidence of sexual harassment sexual harassment, in law, verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, aimed at a particular person or group of people, especially in the workplace or in academic or other institutional settings, that is actionable, as in tort or under equal-opportunity statutes. was ``garbage'' unworthy of a trial and suggested to a court that her key witnesses lacked credibility.
With a 200-page filing in federal court in Little Rock, Ark., attorney Robert S. Bennett
Robert S. Bennett (born 1939) is an American attorney best known for representing President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky investigation. submitted testimony that Jones was looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. a ``movie business'' job, and members of Clinton's Arkansas security detail - who had accused him of womanizing wom·an·ize
v. woman·ized, woman·iz·ing, woman·iz·es
To pursue women lecherously.
To give female characteristics to; feminize. - could not be believed.
Bennett also argued that Kathleen Willey's sensational claim last week of an unwanted sexual advance was irrelevant to Jones' case.
His pleadings with the court asked that Jones' lawsuit be dismissed before it goes to trial in late May. ``One would scour scour, scours
1. the chemical and physical cleaning of fleece wool.
see dietary diarrhea.
see secondary nutritional copper deficiency. these materials in vain for a shred of admissible evidence admissible evidence n. evidence which the trial judge finds is useful in helping the trier of fact (a jury if there is a jury, otherwise the judge), and which cannot be objected to on the basis that it is irrelevant, immaterial, or violates the rules against hearsay ,'' he wrote. And at a news conference here, he repeatedly used disparaging dis·par·age
tr.v. dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing, dis·par·ag·es
1. To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; belittle. See Synonyms at decry.
2. To reduce in esteem or rank. words to describe the 700 pages of arguments and documents the Jones lawyers submitted last week.
Bennett said Jones' lawyers had used ``their last filing to dump into the media every piece of garbage they could get before the court.''
John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, the conservative organization paying Jones' legal bills, insisted the case will go to trial.
He said Bennett's response was simply evidence that ``he and his client do not truly uphold the standards and goals of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, signed into law by defendant Clinton himself to fully protect female victims of sexual misconduct sexual misconduct Professional ethics Any behavior that violates a health professional's ethics through sexual contact of physician and his/her Pt. See Professional boundaries. by men.''
Jones' lawyers contended in their filing a week ago that Clinton engineered a ``vast enterprise'' to obstruct the case by using job offers and even payoffs to keep witnesses quiet about alleged sexual indiscretions. It also identified several women it claimed had improper sexual contact with Clinton.
Directly responding to Jones' claim that she was sexually harassed by Clinton in an Arkansas hotel room in 1991 and then suffered adversely in her Arkansas state job, Bennett said: ``There is not an iota of evidence to support those claims.''
As for new claims by Jones last week that she has suffered mental and physical anguish and sexual aversion, Bennett said that until now she had raised ``no medical bills, not even an aspirin. . . . I would say it was a big joke.''
Bennett also struck at the credibility of Jones' witnesses, from an Arkansas state trooper who was among the earliest to allege womanizing by Clinton, to Willey, whose nationally televised allegation of an unwanted White House sexual advance garnered headlines just last week.
In the federal court filing, Bennett included a previously undisclosed excerpt from Willey's deposition in which she acknowledged that her alleged 1993 episode with Clinton did not affect her job opportunities.
Willey, a former White House staffer, said in a deposition and a ``60 Minutes'' interview that Clinton touched her breasts and placed her hands on his genitals. She said it occurred at a meeting in which she came to discuss her grave financial problems and to ask to be moved from her volunteer spot to a paid position.
``Has Mr. Clinton at any time ever offered you any employment or favorable benefits in return for sexual favors?'' she was asked. ``No,'' she answered.
``Has he ever threatened you that if you didn't engage in sexual activity with him that somehow you would be penalized pe·nal·ize
tr.v. pe·nal·ized, pe·nal·iz·ing, pe·nal·iz·es
1. To subject to a penalty, especially for infringement of a law or official regulation. See Synonyms at punish.
2. ?'' Again she answered: ``No.''
Bennett said Willey's alleged incident is ``not particularly relevant to the Paula Jones case.''
Meanwhile, other Clinton lawyers and prosecutors investigating the president's relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky met for four hours Friday before U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson Norma Holloway Johnson (b. 1932) is a United States District Court judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
In particular she ruled on Kenneth Starr's probe of the Clinton administration. here.
Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr has subpoenaed several Clinton aides to testify before a grand jury under Johnson's supervision. Presidential adviser Bruce Lindsey, raising executive privilege executive privilege, exemption of the executive branch of government, or its officers, from having to give evidence, specifically, in U.S. law, the exemption of the president from disclosing information to congressional inquiries or the judiciary. concerns, has on occasion reportedly refused to answer questions before the panel but there is no indication that Clinton has invoked the claim.
Bennett's filing also included a deposition from Arkansas trooper Larry Patterson in which he disclosed he was congratulated by House Speaker Newt Gingrich years ago for stepping forward and linking Clinton to women in interviews with reporters.
The pleadings included a deposition from a Clinton supporter who asked Jones' original Arkansas attorney, Daniel Traylor, what it would take to settle her lawsuit.
``He told me what she really needed was a job for her and for her husband in the movie business and a certain amount of cash,'' said George L. Cook.
In a separate deposition, Raymond Buddy Young, who supervised Clinton's security detail when he was governor of Arkansas, questioned the veracity veracity (vras´itē),
n of statements made by members of the security detail.
``If Bill Clinton had a meeting with a woman behind closed doors, (Trooper) Larry (Patterson) assumed it was for the purpose of sex, because that's what it would have been had he been there,'' Young testified. ``A lot of it is Larry Patterson's imagination, and he's got a big one,'' Young said.
Bennett said he was confident that Jones' case would be dismissed. ``I don't think we're going to go to trial,'' he said, adding that ``I think the chances of settlement are most unlikely.''
Bennett's legal strategy underwent some last minute revisions. In a letter Thursday to the federal court in Arkansas handling the Jones lawsuit, Bennett warned he would submit material on Jones' sex life. By Friday morning, he had reversed course and decided not to file the material.
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