Paula Jones' Family Give Depositions
Jones' legal team probe Clinton's sexual past
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 14) -- Seven months before the case is set to go to trial, Paula Jones' sister, Lydia Cathey, is giving a deposition today in Little Rock, Ark., to President Bill Clinton's local attorney, Kathlyn Graves.
Paula Jones and her husband Steve accompanied her mother, Delmer Lee Corbin, on Monday as she was deposed in Little Rock along with another Jones sister, Charlotte Brown. Lawyers are trying to determine exactly what Jones told her family about an alleged encounter with then-Arkansas Gov. Clinton in May 1991. Jones claims Clinton exposed himself to her and asked for sexual favors, but the president has denied wrongdoing.
Brown claims that Jones' pursuit of the case against Clinton was motivated by money, instead of justice.
Former Jones colleague Pamela Blackard and friend Debra Ballentine are slated to be deposed next. Ballentine was at the Golden Corral Steakhouse on Jan. 8, 1994 when Jones spoke with state trooper Danny Ferguson about the alleged incident. Jones says she told Ballentine about the alleged May 1991 incident at the Excelsior Hotel at that time.
While the depositions got under way, Jones' legal team filed a "request for admissions" in U.S. District Court in Little Rock. The questions posed to the president seeking admission of sexual relations with an Arkansas judge that he appointed to the bench, among other things, according to a report in The Washington Times.
The request is part of pretrial discovery used to clarify and narrow the points at issue in civil law suits, by eliminating mutual points of agreement or stipulated facts.
Written responses from the president to the 72 questions posed by Jones' lawyers are due Nov. 10. While some of the questions pinpoint a time or place in question, other much broader questions are raised.
Other points raised include whether state troopers arranged sexual liaisons for Clinton and then attempted to conceal them; whether the president had discussed the Jones case with Ferguson since the lawsuit was filed; and whether Clinton had sexual relationships with women who worked for the state.
The trial is set for May 1998.
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Tuesday Oct. 14, 1997
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