Paula Jones' Lawyers Mum On Reports They Want To Quit
From CNN's Bob Franken
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sep. 6) -- Attorneys representing Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton are saying little about reports that they will soon bow out of the case over differences concerning a proposed settlement.
"This is a very sensitive time," said Joseph Camaratta.
Camaratta and Gilbert Davis, the two lawyers now representing Jones, reportedly will file a motion in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, Ark., asking that federal Judge Susan Weber Wright allow them to be dismissed from the case.
"Watch what happens next week," a source told CNN.
Talk of an out-of-court settlement has gone on for years, and occurs sporadically now.
Jones charges in her lawsuit that Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, invited her to a Little Rock hotel room where he exposed himself and made sexual advances in May 1991.
Clinton denies ever meeting Jones.
After the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way earlier this year, Wright set a trial date for the lawsuit of May 27, 1998. But setting a trial date does not close the door for an out-of-court settlement.
Jones' lawyers have said publicly they want more than an apology from Clinton as a condition for settlement, and insist on a monetary settlement.
Jones is known to be unhappy with the vaguely worded apologies that have been under discussion since 1994, wanting an admission from Clinton that her description of the hotel encounter was accurate.
Clinton's lawyer, Bob Bennett, has said the president "would not admit to conduct which didn't occur."
Bennett is in Australia and unavailable for comment.
On Monday, a judge in Richmond, Va., will decide whether to make public the arguments over if Jones' attorneys can take a deposition from former White House aide Kathleen Willey about an alleged romantic contact with Clinton in a room off the Oval Office.
Sources say if the charges in the Willey court documents are made public the lawyers for Jones and Clinton would not be able to continue constructive negotiations for a settlement.
Sources caution that even if Camaratta and Davis file a motion to withdraw, the judge may not accept it.
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