It was her first public statement since Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, and part of a well-orchestrated show of force from her legal and financial backers. But some of the cracks were showing. One slip from Susan Carpenter-McMillan said it all: "I'm going to let her -- I'm sorry, we're going to let her speak for herself," said the erstwhile spokeswoman -- a hint of her much-reduced future role. As part of their price for taking this case to the next level, attorneys Rader, Campbell, Fisher & Pike insisted on "coordinating" all media inquiries. Essentially, that means McMillan is muzzled -- and Paula Jones, Round 2, will have a very different feel to it.
Her newly launched legal appeal will take months, or even a year, to make it to the courtroom. But when it came to emotional appeal, Paula Jones didn't take long to deliver. "Despite the continuing personal strain on my family and me," a tear-streaked Jones told reporters Thursday, "in the end, I have not come this far to see the law let men who have done such things dodge their responsibility."