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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 12

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Tuesday, March 31, 1998
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TUESDAY, MARCH 31. 1998 7, . Jt -! THE PALM BEACH POST 12A . Clinton team offers deniagj by alleged victim of rape : Brabham describes efforts to wring money from Baber j. 1 1 'J 1. i it m ' 1. U ' attorneys to prevent them frw filing future "outrageous an false claims" against the pres dent. The Clinton attorneys saiJ that the Jones team is trying t negatively influence the jurors who will sit in judgment of he case against Clinton, should it gq to trial in May. Jones' lawyers responded Monday by standing by theiC weekend legal filing, in whiclt they contended that the woman was the victim of "forcible rape; allegedly committed by defenj dant Clinton when he was attor, ney general of Arkansas." 3 The president's lawyers filed part of the Arkansas woman'? deposition and her legal affidavit; Both times she categorically de nied ever being sexually assault ed by Clinton. J In her deposition, the woniaa said: "During the 1992 presid'eifi tial campaign, there were ;tM2 founded rumors and stories-cjr culated that Mr. Clinton Jiaf made unwelcome sexual advano es toward me in the late '70s. ; . "Newspaper and tabloid ra porters hounded me and hi? family, seeking corroboration' o these tales. . . . These allegations The president's lawyers rebut the Paula Jones lawyers' allegations of a sexual assault. Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON Attorneys for President Clinton, arguing that the Paula Corbin Jones legal team has become the "stalking horse" for independent counsel Kenneth Starr, unsealed court transcripts Monday in which an Arkansas woman flatly denied being raped by Clinton 20 years ago. The legal filing was in response to court papers submitted over the weekend by the Jones camp. In those documents, an Arkansas man who described himself as a friend of the woman asserted that she had once told him she was raped by Clinton and that Clinton later threatened her and offered her bribes to keep her quiet. That allegation clearly angered the lawyers representing Clinton in Jones' sexual harassment suit against him. In their response Monday, they asked for court sanctions against Jones' never happened. The last thing you can be in a high-profile case is invisible," Butler said. "Yet I'm accused of, one week before the election, of driving three hours to Polk County to go on a boat ride. If I did that one week before the election, it would have been all over town." On Monday Butler sat in the front row, tight lipped and frowning at Brabham's testimony. Brabham's agreement to serve six months in jail means Butler will likely serve more time behind bars. Under Florida's sentencing guidelines, Butler could receive a maximum sentence of one year in jail when he is sentenced on April 27. However, Castillo said he may ask Alderman to exceed the sentencing guidelines because "Brabham's role was significantly less," Castillo said. This crime would have been committed without Ted Brabham's participation," Castillo said. "Mr. Butler created, Mr. Butler managed and Mr. Butler got the vast majority of the money." Baber, who gave $500,000 to Butler and $180,000 to Brabham, was convicted of killing a man in a drunken driving accident in 1995. Castillo has agreed to tell the judge in Baber's case about his assistance when he is sentenced on April 17. Trademark bow ties State Attorney Barry Krischer, whose office did not handle any of the prosecutions because of conflicts, said Brabham's testimony on Monday "demonstrates the jury verdict in Butler's case was appropriate" and that Florida's election laws need to be changed. Brabham must begin serving his sentence by May 1 and will not be eligible for early release, house arrest or work release. Alderman agreed to recommend that Brabham receive protection in jail after Brabham's attorney, Joseph Farish, said as a former lawyer Brabham might be the target of angry inmates. Brabham also must pay a $5,000 fine. Brabham came to Palm Beach county from Texas in 1989 and distinguished himself immediately with his bow ties, suspenders, seersucker suits and brash east Texas style. In, 1990 Brabham was elected chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. He worked on Gov. Lawton Chiles' campaign and was Bill Clinton's campaign manager in Palm Beach County. Brabham boosted fund-raising, voter registration and victory margins. In 1992, Brabham left the law firm of Steel Hector & Davis and went into private practice with Randall Henley. The same year Chiles appointed him to are untrue . "It H m PLEA From 1A James Clyde Baber III, a wealthy businessman who believed his illegal contributions to Butler and Brabham would keep him out of jail in a DUI manslaughter case. Brabham's testimony not only corroborated the testimony and evidence presented during Butler's trial last week, but confirmed that Butler masterminded the attempt to tilt the race. It was Butler's idea to run Brabham as an independent candidate and spilt the vote, a plan that failed when Brabham couldn't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, Brabham said. 'No intention of repayment' And it was Butler who talked to Evelyn . Baber, the 71-year-old mother of Baber who was reluctant to give her son $400,000 to finance Butler's campaign, Brabham said. Mrs. Baber agreed to give her son the money after Butler assured her it was legal and that he could take care of her son's DUI manslaughter case. Brabham said he heard the conversation, although he was in another room playing the piano. As for the computer files of promissory notes which investigators found in Butler's computer and that he claimed proved the money from Baber was a loan, not a bribe, Brabham said they were all a sham. : Butler and Baber agreed the promissory notes "be made in case there was ever an investigation,- Brabham said. "My understanding was Mr. Butler had no intention of repayment." Finally, Brabham confirmed a last-minute, desperate trip to Baber's fishing retreat in Polk County just days before the election. On the drive up, Brabham said he tried to tell Butler that their scheme was doomed. : "I told him I believed we were going to be indicted and prosecuted," Brabham said. "I explained to him that this was a terrible thing." : But when they arrived at Baber's home Butler insisted that Baber give him more money, Brabham said. Money was 'pocketed' : "Mr. Butler shocked me by asking for money for phone banks," Brabham said. "There were no phone banks to my knowledge." When asked what Butler did with the $30,000 Baber gave them, Brabham said: "Pocketed it. Put it in his britches." During his closing argument last week, Butler suggested that the trip to Polk County Treatment may work where operations failed E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer Bailiff Haydee Hansen fingerprints former attorney V. Ted Brabham Monday after his guilty plea. 'I want to do the right thing,' he said as he left the courthouse. the Judicial Nominating Commission, which interviews candidates for judicial seats and makes recommendations to the governor. Although routinely ignored by the public, the JNC grabbed headlines in 1996 when Brabham came aboard and one member accused the board of nominating three candidates who were not the best qualified. Brabham moved to strip the complaining board member of his chairmanship and the governor intervened. An investigative panel appointed by the governor concluded that nominees weren't the best qualified candidates. Change of heart Brabham remained on the commission until his term expired in 1996. He stepped down as chairman of the Democratic Party committee in 1994, saying he needed to devote more time to his law practice. About the same time Brabham and Butler met and became friends. Brabham, an accomplished pianist, played the piano at Butler's wedding. When Butler decided to run again for state attorney in 1996 he turned to Brabham for help. As late as Friday, the day after a jury convicted Butler of the same charges, Farish said Brabham was a "scrapper" and would fight rather than plead guilty. During the weekend, Brabham decided to plead guilty. "I want to do the right thing," Brabham said while leaving the courthouse on Monday. dard approaches or cannotbe helped by them. :t: J In this experiment, doctors injected genetically engineered vascular endothelial growth fa tor, or VEGF. 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