McDougal Clears Way For Move To Arkansas
By Lynda Nikula/CNN
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (CNN) -- At a pretrial hearing Thursday on her
embezzlement case, Susan McDougal waived any jurisdictional constraints in the
event she is moved back to Arkansas for a hearing related to her contempt
charges in the Whitewater case.
Apparently U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright in Little Rock was
concerned that if McDougal is moved to Arkansas, the district attorney in
McDougal's embezzlement case in Santa Monica may lose jurisdiction.
Outside of court, McDougal's brother said a hearing regarding whether she
can be released from incarceration on contempt charges "could be January 29."
Another pretrial hearing was scheduled for January 26 for discovery
matters in the embezzlement case. Trial in the case is set for February 23.
McDougal is awaiting trial on California state charges that she stole
about $150,000 from orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife, Nancy, while
working as their assistant. McDougal faces three counts of state income tax
evasion and seven theft-related charges in the state case.