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Presidential Immunity:
Clinton v. Jones
Argued: Jan. 13, 1997 Decided: May 27, 1997
Vote: 9 to 0
At Issue: Whether civil litigation against an incumbent president must in all but exceptional cases be delayed until after he leaves office, and whether a district court may stay such litigation until the president leaves office.


Decision: The Court ruled that Paula Corbin Jones can move forward with her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton. The decision said no constitutional provision exists to protect an incumbent president from civil litigation while he is in office.

Read the full text of the Clinton v. Jones decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Read the transcript and listen to the Clinton v. Jones oral argument in RealAudio at the Oyez Oyez Oyez Web site.

Complete Post coverage, including news, analysis, transcripts and court documents in our Clinton Accused Special Report.


Background from The Post
Consequences Unseen by the Court (Jan. 29, 1998)
In Lawsuit Against Clinton, Both Sides Begin Maneuvering (May 29, 1997)
Lawsuit Against Clinton Can Proceed, Court Says (May 28, 1997)
'Immunity . . . Unsupported by Precedent' (May 28, 1997)
Decision Shifts Public's Focus to Issues of Clinton Character (May 28, 1997)
Paula Jones, 9-0 (editorial) (May 28, 1997)
Presidential Immunity and a Duck out of Water (Jan. 14, 1997)
In Jones-Clinton Case, Silence of the Sisterhood Stirs Charges of Hypocrisy (Jan. 14, 1997)
Court Weighs Immunity for President (Jan. 14, 1997)
Jones v. Clinton: Round One (editorial) (Jan. 13, 1997)


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