In a victory for Whitewater prosecutors, a split federal appeals court has ordered the White House to surrender notes its lawyers took of conversations with Hillary Rodham Clinton. The court rejected the first lady's claim of attorney-client privilege.

The decision, reached last month, was unsealed Friday. By a 2-1 vote, the panel in St. Louis reversed a lower court decision and ordered the White House to turn over the notes taken by White House lawyers Miriam Nemetz and Jane Sherburne."We hold that neither the attorney-client privilege nor the attorney-work-product doctrine is available to the White House in the circumstances of this case," the panel ruled April 9. The decision was unsealed at the request of the first lady and her lawyer. The White House said it would appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.