William Jefferson Clinton v. Paula Corbin Jones
This text concerns itself with the William Jefferson Clinton v. Paula Corbin Jones (1997) case. Paula Corbin (the plaintiff) worked as an employee of the state when she first encountered Bill Clinton (the defendant) who was at the time serving as the Arkansas Governor (Chemerinsky, 2019). At the time of the encounter, the plaintiff was manning the reception desk in a hotel where the defendant was attending an event as a speaker. As Chemerinsky (2019) points out, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant made multiple sexual advances towards her which she promptly turned down. The plaintiff further indicated that her decision was not taken well by her supervisors and she ended up being punished with a change of duties. This prompted her to later on sue the defendant who at the time of the suit filing was a sitting President of the United States of America.
For the sake of (or in line with) the separation of powers doctrine, does a sitting President of the United States of America enjoy protection from civil litigation that emanates from events taking place before he assumes office as president?
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The immediate implication of this particular ruling was that a sitting president could be sued for unofficial acts. This is more so the case given that federal courts, in line with the separation of powers doctrine, were not necessarily compelled (or required) to ensure that all actions against a sitting President of the United States of America were stayed until after his exit from office. However, it would be prudent to note that as has been alluded to above, a serving public official (i.e. the U.S. President) largely enjoys immunity in scenarios involving official acts…
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