Arkansans like to complain that small states are misunderstood. Sure, many of the movers and shakers know one another from their days at the university, live in the same neighborhoods and marry into one another's families. It's not conspiracy, Arkansans say; it's proximity.

And as Paula Jones' suit heads back to Arkansas, it will return to the courtroom of a federal judge whose path has frequently crossed Clinton's. In the mid-'70s, Susan Webber Wright was a student in Professor Clinton's admiralty-law class at the University of Arkansas School of Law. A Republican, Wright worked against Clinton when he ran for Congress...

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