Voter's Voice: The Jones v. Clinton Dismissal
We're getting lots of e-mail on Judge Susan Webber Wright's decision to throw out Paula Jones' lawsuit against the president. Here's a sample, and if you'd like to comment, drop us an e-mail note. And please include your name and home town.
'A Lot Of Spunk'
I was surprised and pleased at Judge Wright's decision. It
showed a lot of spunk and courage on her part. When I found out
she was a Republican, I was shocked. It gave me encouragment to
know everything isn't motivated by politics.
I say with all due respect, "GO GIRL." You gave me new hope in the
integrity of our public officals.
-- Ellen Jordan, April 1
'Regain Some Sanity'
Finally we are beginning to regain some sanity in this country
now that the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit has been dismissed. If only Ken Starr would now dismiss himself, so we could direct our energies on more serious matters regarding the country as a whole.
-- Richard J. Kane, Hinsdale, N.H., April 1
'This Tawdry Little Episode'
Judge Wright's ruling is firmly rooted in firm legal ground. After four
long years, she has freed the American people from this tawdry little
Now Paula Jones should apologize to President Clinton, admit that the
hotel incident never happened, pay the president's legal fees and fade
into the obscurity she so richly deserves.
-- Don Kirkpatrick, El Paso, Texas, April 1
'Throw Mr. Starr Out Too'
Now it's time to throw Mr. Starr out too. It's all just gone on too long.
The world knows this ALL (on all sides)
as a disgrace. Get Clinton as you must
but get him when he is not president.
I'm sick of this as it is causing an entire
climate of negativity to explore upon our
total country's environment.
The media is as much to blame as Clinton,
as Starr, as Jones, and all the bimbos.
Matter of fact, maybe the media is behind
"many" of the bimbo eruptions.
Why not start taking the high road and
take some of the money spent on all this
garbage and inoculate a needy country,
fix up a small city, send media and governemnt
personnel to "ethics school" ...
-- R. Lyon, April 1
'Groping Is In'
Goes to show that when you have $4 million dollars and a vast machine of
spin meisters, you can win against the average citizen who has no legal
recourse for the "brief" but unwanted advance at the hands of the
president. It is a sad day for all humans who, I guess, must show
repeated "brief or prolonged advances" before they can get their day in
court. So, groping is in -- saying NO is out.
-- Gabriele Mecca, April 1
'Such Flimsy Allegations'
This is a fine result for justice but I question why it took so long to come.
We in Europe have watched in amazement that a sitting president could be dragged through the courts for years on such flimsy allegations. Since the judge's ruling is based solely on Miss Jones' own deposition (which was one of the first documents filed in 1994) surely it could have been made at an earlier stage.
The president's legal tactic of seeking to claim executive privilege has
proved extremely ill-advised and has actually lengthened the proceedings
considerably. He should reflect on this is dealing with the criminal
-- Chris Daw, Manchester, England, April 1
'The Charade Is Finally Over'
I think that the American public is glad that the charade is finally
over. From now on, it should be business as usual, and Mr. Kenneth Starr should give up while he still holds a little dignity.
Of course this is a Canadian's point of view.
-- Sylvain Cardinal, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, April 1
'A Problem With Women'
From where I sit, it looks like the guy has a problem with women, but I
believe the judge was right in throwing the case out. She made some valid points. I would like to know if any of Paula Jones' boyfriends have touched her and if so, has she filed a suit against them.
President Clinton will not fly so high in many eyes, but he still is a
politician and has many talents as a leader. I truly believe this
president believes he was destined to be president by his Creator God. I believe that he wants to be successful. The old devil and the opposing politicians look for a weak spot in their opponent and go to work on it. They sure are trying hard to win and keep our eyes off their sin....
-- Helen Thomas, April 1
'An Enrolled Republican But Not For Long'
Why don't you leave President Clinton alone? Starr and the media are
NOTHING BUT A BIG DISGRACE to this country. President Clinton didn't just drop in from outer space. He has been in politics for a LONG TIME. If there was a big problem I'm sure he NEVER would have gotten to be President
in the first place. I think it is disgusting what you are doing to this
county and to the President of the United States. I believe this to be a
Republican conspiracy and when election time comes, I'll be VERY SURPRISED
if ANY REPUBLICANS are ELECTED. I am an enrolled Republican, but not for
long. May GOD BLESS BILL & HILLARY for all they have had to put up with.
I hope President Clinton gets a lawsuit going against all of you and gets some
of his money back.
-- Connie Frary, Oswego, N.Y., April 1
'One Less Ring In The Circus'
I applaud Judge Wright's courageous ruling. This case was never about a
wronged party seeking justice, it was from its inception about a
political party seeking leverage. There is now one less ring in the
circus for the right-wing clowns to juggle sound bites in front of the
media. Now if we can just get Starr out of the center ring.
-- James Paisley, Pompano Beach, Fla.,. April 1
'The Turning Point In The Gender War'
I trust that history will see this decision as the turning point in the
gender war that seems to have engulfed the western world.
-- Tom Ferry, Gold Coast, Australia, April 2