If you are a woman with a sexual harassment claim against a man who is politically favored by Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, don’t hire Katz as your attorney. In 1998, Katz stated that Paula Jones did not have a viable case against President Bill Clinton. Soon thereafter, Jones’s lawsuit was dismissed before a trial could occur by federal Judge Susan Webber Wright, now known as Susan Webber Carter. Katz’s statements were not vindicated by Carter’s ruling, because Carter’s ruling was wrong.
Jones’s lawsuit against Clinton included claims under federal civil rights laws and a claim under Arkansas tort law for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The legal viability of Carter’s ruling that Jones’s claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress should not be heard by a jury rests on her statement that “the conduct as alleged by plaintiff describes a mere sexual proposition or encounter, albeit an odious one, that was relatively brief in duration, did not involve any coercion or threats of reprisal, and was abandoned as soon as plaintiff made clear that the advance was not welcome.”
The conduct alleged by Jones, accepted as true for the purposes of Carter’s ruling, includes the following: Governor Clinton had a state trooper escort Jones to a hotel suite; the trooper told Jones he had a gun when asked; after a few minutes of small talk in the hotel room alone with Clinton, he asked her about her job and mentioned that Dave Harrington, Jones’s ultimate superior within the state agency at which she worked, and a Clinton appointee, was his good friend.
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