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Jones v. Clinton - No. LR-C-94-290, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 696 (E.D. Ark. Jan. 29, 1998)
Fed. R. Civ. P. 403 provides that evidence, although relevant, may be excluded if its probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of the issues, or misleading the jury, or by considerations of undue delay, waste of time, or needless presentation of cumulative evidence.
Plaintiff brought a suit against President Clinton, which claimed sexual harassment. The United States, through the Office of Independent Counsel filed a motion for limited intervention and a stay of discovery. The court granted the motion as to matters concerning another woman, Monica Lewinsky, because those were not essential to the case. Plaintiff appealed.
Did the rules of evidence allow the exclusion of the matters concerning Monica Lewinsky as evidence in the sexual harassment case?
The Court acknowledged that evidence concerning Monica Lewinsky might be relevant to the issues in this case. The Court determined, however, that it was not essential to the core issues in this case. In fact, some of this evidence might even be inadmissible as extrinsic evidence under Rule 608(b) of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Admitting any evidence of the Lewinsky matter would frustrate the timely resolution of this case and would undoubtedly cause undue expense and delay.
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