By Peter Baker
In legal papers filed in Little Rock, the Jones team endorsed the thrust of U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling last month to open the still-sealed portions of the file in the sexual harassment lawsuit and called Clinton's opposition to that decision "duplicitous, deceitful and hypocritical in the extreme."
Jones "is not afraid of such a thorough search for the truth," her lawyers wrote in their brief. "Defendant Clinton appears terrified of it."
Wright ruled that a confidentiality order is no longer necessary because she dismissed the lawsuit and because many of the allegations about Clinton already have been made public. The president's lawyer, Robert S. Bennett, this month asked her to reconsider, arguing that it would spawn an unfair "media circus" tarnishing Clinton with innuendo.
The Jones team had opposed lifting the confidentiality order as well, but said yesterday that the public right to know may be more compelling "than in any civil suit in history" and suggested that "the information flowing from this case may well be vital to the nation's psychological well-being."
While hundreds of pages of testimony transcripts have been made public, documents still covered by the gag order deal with Jones's description of "distinguishing characteristics" she said she saw on Clinton's anatomy, the financing of her lawsuit and depositions of people who said they had sex with Clinton or Jones.
The Jones team insisted that it should have access to the videotape of Clinton's Jan. 17 deposition, which the judge has declined to release. Jones lawyer David M. Pyke argued the videotape was his client's property and was needed so it could be edited for possible presentation at trial if her appeal reinstates the case. He disavowed any intention to profit commercially from the videotape.
"I can't imagine that we'd attempt to do anything tawdry like sell the videotape," he said. "I can rule that out. We're not going to do anything of that sort."
Bennett did not respond to a request for comment.
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