The federal judge who gave Susan McDougal an 18-month jail term for civil contempt has removed herself from presiding over the Whitewater figure's trial on a criminal contempt indictment.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright cited previous rulings against McDougal in deciding not to hear charges of criminal contempt and obstruction of justice. The charges were returned by the Whitewater grand jury whose term expired Wednesday.The indictment of President Clinton's former business partner was the only one brought by the grand jury that met for two years.