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Paula Jones Files Appeals Notice

April 29, 1998

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Paula Jones formally told a federal judge today she was appealing a decision tossing out her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

The appeal notice was filed with U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright, who on April 1 ruled that Mrs. Jones’ claims against the president fell ``far short″ of being worthy of a federal trial.

Wright said that while Mrs. Jones described boorish conduct _ including allegations that Clinton exposed himself to Mrs. Jones in a Little Rock hotel room _ she could not claim sexual harassment.

The judge noted in her decision that Mrs. Jones remained at her state job nearly two years after the alleged incident and that she didn’t complain to her supervisors.

Mrs. Jones says Clinton propositioned her May 8, 1991, when Clinton was Arkansas governor and she was a state worker attending an economic development conference. She said a trooper escorted her to Clinton’s hotel room, where the alleged pass was made.

Mrs. Jones’ lawsuit also named the trooper, Danny Ferguson. Wright’s dismissal this month also voided claims against him.

The trial had been scheduled to begin May 27.

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