The Political Interest: Why Paula Jones Should Wait

Why Paula Jones Should Wait

"Leave him alone." In plain English those three words sum up the case Bill Clinton's attorney will soon argue in his effort to defer Paula Jones' sexual- harassment lawsuit until the President leaves office. The drift of lawyer Robert Bennett's thinking has been known for some time, but sources familiar with the latest version of his brief, and the impressive appendix of historical writings that supports it, have provided TIME with the details of Bennett's argument. The key points, which highlight the inextricable connection of political and legal considerations, are these:

1) The Jones lawsuit is a case of first impression,...

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