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Excerpts from Clinton-Jones Ruling

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By The Associated Press
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.''

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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