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New Judge in Starr Complaints

February 4, 2000

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ A new federal judge was assigned Thursday to hear complaints against former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr, but his name was withheld until he has a chance to review the case file.

The appointment by Judge Roger L. Wollman, chief judge for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, came after his previous appointee stepped down barely two weeks into the assignment because he said his impartiality might be questioned.

James McCormick, chief clerk for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said the new judge serves within the jurisdiction of the 8th Circuit.

``He doesn’t want me to release his name before he’s had a chance to see the file,″ McCormick said.

The complaints arose from Starr’s investigation of President Clinton and his wife. All federal judges in Little Rock removed themselves from the case.

Connecticut attorney Francis T. Mandanici and two former Starr targets, Stephen A. Smith and Julie Hiatt Steele, challenged Starr’s prosecution of Whitewater figure Susan McDougal and Starr’s testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on President Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

Among their allegations is that Starr wanted McDougal to give false testimony against the president and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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