Cast of Characters
Debra Ballentine: Jones' Arkansas friend, Ballentine says Jones told her in great detail about Clinton's actions about an hour and a half after the alleged incident.
Robert Bennett: The president's attorney is a Washington superlawyer who charges $475 an hour. He has represented many celebrity clients, including former House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, Reagan Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Washington attorney Clark Clifford and Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. Brash and bullying, Bennett famously referred to the Jones case as "tabloid trash with a legal caption."
Pamela Blackard: Working with Jones at the Excelsior Hotel the day of the alleged incident, she says that Jones told her about Clinton's alleged actions in exacting detail about 10 minutes after they occurred, and Jones was visibly upset.
Charlotte Brown: Jones' sister, Brown has long accused Jones of having ulterior motives. "I was visiting with her over at my mother's and she told me that 'Whichever way it went, it smelt money.' That was her own words," Brown said in 1994.
Joseph Cammarata: Along with fellow attorney Gilbert Davis, this Washington-area attorney removed himself from Jones' legal team Sept. 9, citing "fundamental differences" with his client. Those differences seemed to center on Jones' refusal to settle the case.
Donovan Campbell: After seeing three lawyers quit her case, Jones is currently represented by Dallas attorney Donovan Campbell, a partner with the firm of Rader, Campbell, Fisher and Pyke. A champion of Texas' law against sodomy, Donovan plans to make Clinton's past relations with women central to his Jones strategy.
James Carville: The ragin' cajun Clinton loyalist set up a Web site to rebut the president's critics on Paula Jones and other Clinton scandals such as Whitewater. Carville's infamous comment, "If you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find," may have done the president more harm than good.
Lydia Cathey: Jones' sister, Cathey was deposed by Clinton's lawyers Oct. 15. Her testimony about what Jones told her about the alleged incident could figure prominently if the case goes to trial.
Bill Clinton: It has been said that of all the scandals dogging the president, this one haunts him the most. Though he has remained sketchy on whether or not he met Jones, Clinton has adamantly denied her allegations. He has spoken sparingly of the Jones case in public.
Delmer Lee Corbin: Jones' mother, Corbin was deposed by Clinton's lawyers Oct. 15. Her testimony about what Jones told her about the alleged incident could be important if the case goes to trial.
Gilbert Davis: Frustrated by his client's refusal to settle the case, this Washington area attorney in September successfully petitioned to have himself and fellow Jones attorney Joseph Cammarata removed from Jones' legal team, citing "fundamental differences."
Danny Ferguson: The Arkansas state trooper has backed Jones' claim that he escorted her to then-Gov. Clinton's hotel suite. But Ferguson says Jones did not appear upset after the encounter, and says she expressed an interest in being Clinton's girlfriend. Jones charged Ferguson with defamation in her suit, in response to comments attributed to him in the American Spectator magazine.
Gennifer Flowers: The woman who has claimed she had a 12-year affair with Clinton says she cannot corroborate Jones' claim that the president has "distinguishing characteristics" in his genital area.
Kathlyn Graves: Based in Little Rock, Ark., Graves is the president's local attorney in the Jones' case.
Paula Jones: She was Paula Corbin at the time of the alleged incident, and a low-wage Arkansas state employee. Now she lives with her husband Steven Jones and their two children in Orange County, Calif. "This is about the powerful taking advantage of the weak," she said about her case.
Monica Lewinsky: Lewinsky, a former White House intern, is at the center of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's expanded investigation. Investigators are looking at whether President Clinton encouraged her to lie to Jones' lawywers about whether Lewinsky had a 18-month-long affair with the president. Both Lewinsky and Clinton's lawyer have denied such an affair.
Susan Carpenter McMillan: An old friend of Jones, this Los Angeles public-relations executive and self-described Christian conservative became Jones' chief spokesperson last summer. When Jones wants to get a message out, it's generally Carpenter McMillan who does the talking.
The Supreme Court: By a vote of 9-0, the justices in May 1997 shot down Robert Bennett's argument that because of the demands of the presidency, Jones' case should be delayed until Clinton leaves office.
Stuart Taylor: This legal journalist touched off an orgy of self-examination among the news media (which had largely disparaged Jones' claims), with his November 1996 article in the American Lawyer, where he called parts of her case "highly persuasive."
Daniel Traylor: Jones' first attorney specializes in real estate law, and orchestrated the spectacularly poor strategy of launching Jones and her claims publicly at a Washington forum sponsored by Clinton-bashers. He has since removed himself from the case.
Susan Webber Wright: The federal judge overseeing the case, Wright is a conservative Republican appointed by George Bush. She is the same judge who presided over the bank fraud trial of Clinton's Whitewater partners Jim and Susan McDougal.
John Whitehead: A born-again Christian, Whitehead leads the Rutherford Institute, a legal-advocacy group he founded to fight discrimination against religious believers, and which has become Jones' primary source of financial backing, to the tune of $200,000 as of November. Insisting he bears no personal animus against the president, Whitehead says Jones' case is important as a "human-rights issue." Whitehead says, "I think she's telling the truth."