A lawyer who wants to oust White-water prosecutor Kenneth Starr from the President Clinton investigation doesn't have the legal clout to do it, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Frank Mandanici, a Connecticut lawyer, may inform the court of alleged misconduct but may not try to remove Starr over the prosecutor's purported conflicts of interest.Mandanici said he will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He had argued that Starr had a conflict because Richard Mellon Scaife, a newspaper publisher, donated more than $1 million to Pepperdine University, which offered Starr a job. The prosecutor accepted, then later turned the post down after Democrats made an issue of the Scaife connection.

Mandanici said the connection makes Starr beholden to Scaife and other critics of Clinton.