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Court formally dismisses Paula Jones sexual harassment suit

By Terry Frieden/CNN

WASHINGTON (December 2) -- A federal appeals court Wednesday formally dismissed the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones against President Bill Clinton, bringing to an end the celebrated and controversial civil case after five years.

In the three-paragraph court order, a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court said the case is "dismissed subject to terms of the out-of-court agreement."

That settlement called for Jones to receive $850,000 in exchange for dropping her case. When the settlement was reached and the court was asked to drop the case on November 13, the three-judge panel was weighing whether to reinstate the case.

The lawsuit had been summarily dismissed last April 1 by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright in Little Rock.

The dismissal was widely expected, but an unusual three-week delay in announcing the stamp of approval had puzzled court officials.

A possible reason for the court's delay, according to one court official, was a brief filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch opposing the settlement. But the appeals court rejected the organization's motion to have their complaint considered. Judicial Watch complained federal law requires Clinton to pay the $850,000 from his own funds rather than from a defense fund.


JONES V. CLINTON

In-depth special report


DOCUMENTS

Clinton-Jones settlement text (11-13-98)

Lawsuit documents unsealed October 19 and October 26

The Starr Report


VIDEO

Larry King Live Highlight: Paula Jones talks about what happened during her meeting with Clinton in the hotel (2-22-99) video Windows Media: 28K | 80K

Wolf Blitzer reports: President looking to clear more legal hurdles (2-17-99) video Windows Media: 28K | 80K


HEADLINES

Clinton to contest $495,000 reimbursement request from Jones lawyers (5-7-99)

Jones' lawyers want $300,000 (5-4-99)

Paula Jones: She and husband living apart but claims marriage not is jeopardy (3-17-99)

Paula Jones' lawyers get lion's share of $850,000 settlement (3-5-99)

White House denies allegations of 1978 sexual assault by Clinton (2-20-99)

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INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT
AllPolitics' in-depth look at the investigation into the president's relationship with Monica Lewinsky.


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Wednesday, December 2, 1998

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