Excerpts from Clinton-Jones Ruling
Wednesday, April 1, 1998; 5:26 p.m. EST
Excerpts from the opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright:
--''The plaintiffs' allegations fall far short of the rigorous standards for establishing a claim of outrage under Arkansas law.''
--''The court has determined that her quid pro quo and hostile work environment sexual harassment claim are without merit and warrant a grant of summary judgment.''
--''Although the governor's alleged conduct, if true, may certainly be characterized as boorish and offensive, even a most charitable reading of the record in this case fails to reveal a basis for a claim of criminal sexual assault.''
--''While the court will certainly agree that plaintiffs' allegations describe offensive conduct, the court ... has found that the governor's alleged conduct does not constitute sexual assault.''
--''Absent an underlying violation of federal law, there can be no actionable claim alleging a conspiracy.''
--The alleged conduct ``was brief and isolated; did not result in any physical harm ... did not result in distress so severe that no reasonable person could be expected to endure it.''
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