A federal judge has dismissed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (search) from a lawsuit that accused her of conspiring with political advisers to discredit Gennifer Flowers (search) after Flowers said she had an affair with Bill Clinton.

U.S. District Judge Philip Pro ruled in late November that the conspiracy claim against the former first lady was barred by Nevada's four-year statute of limitations, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Saturday.

According to the Web site for Judicial Watch (search), the public interest group that represents Flowers, the organization plans to appeal.

"In the meantime, Ms. Flowers looks forward to getting her day in court against Hillary's coconspirators in the smear campaign against her — George Stephanopoulos (search) and James Carville (search)," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

In 1992, a supermarket tabloid wrote that Bill Clinton and Flowers had an affair while he was Arkansas governor. When the presidential candidate denied it, Flowers held a news conference to play audio tapes she said were of secretly recorded intimate phone calls between them.

Carville, a former consultant to President Clinton, and Stephanopoulos, a former White House aide now an anchor on ABC's Sunday morning program "This Week," said that Flowers had doctored the tapes. Stephanopoulos repeated that allegation in a book.