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Release: Immediate

News Advisory:

Paula Corbin Jones lawsuit experts

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments regarding the Paula Corbin Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, the University of Iowa has two experts who can talk about the case from different angles:

Robert Clinton, Wiley B. Rutledge Distinguished Professor of Law, O - (319) 335-9032, H - (319) 337-6759.

Clinton, an expert on Constitutional law, can discuss the Constitutional issues at stake in the case. How has the Court traditionally viewed the presidency when it comes to lawsuits filed by citizens and others? Does opening the presidency to lawsuits affect the balance of power in the U.S. government?

(Please note that because Clinton is chief justice of the Winnebago Supreme Court of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and is an associate justice of the Cheyenne River Sioux Appellate Court, he is prohibited from talking about the specifics of any pending case in the U.S. court system. He can, however, discuss broader concepts that the Court may take into consideration in deciding a specific case.)

Bruce Gronbeck, Professor of Communication Studies, H - (319)628-4033

Gronbeck is currently writing a book chapter on Presidential character and politics. He uses public reaction towards the Jones lawsuit and Gennifer Flowers' 1992 accusations as examples of changing views of character and morality. When it comes to President Clinton, "the public has come to define 'character' more broadly than simply morals."

Gronbeck also says the Jones case has become part of the current critique of political journalism. He cites last week's White House news conference during which Press Secretary Mike McCurry alluded to Internet rumors and Republican conspiracies as possible catalysts of recent media coverage.