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Sources: Paula Jones Will Appeal

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Official announcement Thursday in Dallas

DALLAS (AllPolitics, April 15) -- Paula Jones will ask a federal appeals court to reverse a judge's dismissal of her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, CNN has learned.

A formal announcement is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. But sources tell CNN's Bob Franken that after a day of haggling and argument among lawyers and Jones and her representatives, a decision has been made to proceed.

There has been friction between lawyers from the Dallas law firm that has been representing Jones, the Rutherford Institute -- the conservative group that has been financing the suit -- and Susan Carpenter McMillan, Jones' spokeswoman and adviser.

Sources say the parties will meet again Thursday morning to work out the final details on an agreement outlining the conditions under which they will proceed during the appeal.

Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, alleges that Clinton exposed himself and requested that she perform oral sex during an encounter in a Little Rock hotel room in 1991. Clinton was governor of Arkansas at the time.

Clinton has said he doesn't recall meeting Jones and has denied any wrongdoing.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright in Little Rock dismissed the suit, saying that even if Jones' allegations were true, Clinton's conduct would not meet the legal standards necessary to constitute sexual harassment.

Jones' appeal of Wright's decision will go to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, which handles federal appeals from Arkansas.

McMillan told reporters that in deciding on whether to appeal, "You have to look at what's the human toll, what's the financial toll, what are the chances (of success)."

She noted that the St. Louis appeals court reverses about one-third of the cases it receives in which a judge dismisses a case before trial, which is called summary judgment.

"They don't like summary judgments," she said.

CNN plans live coverage of Jones' news conference, set for 2:50 p.m. EDT.

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