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PAULA JONES RETAINS NEW LAWYERS IN SUIT AGAINST CLINTON.

Byline: Dara Akiko Tom Associated Press

Paula Jones announced new legal representation and fund raising for her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton on Wednesday and the lawyers said they would prepare to take it to trial.

The case was taken by the Dallas firm of Rader, Campbell, Fisher & Pyke, said Jones' spokeswoman, Susan Carpenter-McMillan.

She also revealed that The Rutherford Institute of Charlottesville, Va., a conservative group, will raise funds to pay for the legal representation.

Jones' previous lawyers, Joe Cammarata and Gilbert Davis, recently withdrew from the case after a disagreement over a settlement. They had worked on the case for three years.

The Dallas firm specializes in environmental and employment law.

``This law firm is willing to go to trial,'' Carpenter-McMillan said.

Jones said she felt comfortable with the firm, partly because its lawyers have Southern accents.

``We felt very comfortable with them. They showed they were very willing . . . to go to trial,'' Jones said.

Asked whether she worried about losing, Jones said, ``I'm excited about the future. . . . I'm going to let the world know that I did what I could do, whatever it took, to get my day in trial.''

The new lawyers chose The Rutherford Institute for fund raising after Jones made it clear she could not afford to pay, the spokeswoman said.

The new lawyers said in a statement that they were ``retained as litigation counsel, not as special settlement counsel. . . . We intend to vigorously prepare it for trial. . . . In a court of law, there are no presidents and no plebeians - all parties are equal in the eyes of justice.''

In Washington, D.C., Robert Bennett, Clinton's lead attorney, said he was open to discussion of an out-of-court settlement but was ready for the alternative.

``If they are insistent on going to trial, that's fine. We have been preparing for that,'' he said. ``I don't think it's in Paula Jones' interests but if they do, so be it.''

As for the conservative financing for her case, Bennett said, ``There has always been an ideological background to this case. It is now coming out of the shadows. There can no longer be any debate about it.''

Jones claims Clinton, while Arkansas governor, exposed his genitals to her. At the time, she worked for an Arkansas state economic office. The encounter allegedly occurred in May 1991 in a Little Rock, Ark., hotel room.

Clinton denies her allegations. Trial is set for May.

Carpenter-McMillan said that pursuing the lawsuit was not political.

``It has always been about a man who exposed himself to a woman and his being brought to court,'' Carpenter-McMillan said.

Cammarata and Davis withdrew from the case last month. They recently served notice that they hold a lien for $800,000 in hourly fees if Jones is awarded attorneys fees in any settlement or court resolution of her suit.

Carpenter-McMillan said Jones would only settle if Clinton publicly apologized, but he didn't need to specify what happened in the hotel room.

``It has to be clear that she did nothing wrong and he can't spin it as if he were picking his teeth with a toothpick,'' Carpenter-McMillan said.

White House press secretary Mike McCurry said it wasn't ``particularly surprising'' that Jones chose the Dallas firm and that the conservative institute would raise money for her.

The Rutherford Institute describes itself as a nonprofit legal and educational organization specializing ``in the defense of religious liberty and human rights.''

``Our involvement in Paula Jones' case stems from the fundamental principle that no person - not even the president of the United States - is above the law,'' the institute said in a statement.

The institute has also taken the cases of a Virginia schoolboy whose teachers barred him from bringing Rush Limbaugh books to class and a woman who was not allowed to place a Nativity scene outside a Fairfax County, Va., government building.
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