Did Gorsuch Plagiarize?
White House Denies
Judge Neil Gorsuch appears to have copied portions of another author’s work in several paragraphs of his 2006 book opposing assisted suicide.Â
Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner was the first to report that a “short section in Judge Neil Gorsuchâ€™s 2006 book appears to copy â€” at times word-for-word â€” from a 1984 law review article by a lawyer in Indiana. Other sections of his book that were reviewed by BuzzFeed News contain additional apparent attribution errors.”
Politico’sÂ John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett offer a stronger critique:
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material in his book and an academic article, according to documents provided to POLITICO.
The documents show that several passages from the tenth chapter of his 2006 book, â€œThe Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,â€ read nearly verbatim to a 1984Â articleÂ in the Indiana Law Journal. In several other instances in that book and an academic article published in 2000, Gorsuch borrowed from the ideas, quotes and structures of scholarly and legal works without citing them.
The White House is denying this is plagiarism.
â€œThis false attack has been strongly refuted by highly-regarded academic experts, including those who reviewed, professionally examined, and edited Judge Gorsuchâ€™s scholarly writings, and even the author of the main piece cited in the false attack,â€ White House spokesman Steven Cheung told Politico. â€œThere is only one explanation for this baseless, last-second smear of Judge Gorsuch: those desperate to justify the unprecedented filibuster of a well-qualified and mainstream nominee to the Supreme Court.â€
Is it plagiarism?
A few responses via Twitter:
Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Senior Fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution:
plagiarisms? this must be a first for SC confirmation: Gorsuch’s writings borrow from other authors https://t.co/x4wOdUBQ08
â€” Vali Nasr (@vali_nasr) April 5, 2017
University of Tennessee Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing:
I’m a law professor. I would fail a student who did this. Gorsuch’s writings borrow from other authors https://t.co/V4l3hov9qi
â€” Michael Higdon (@MichaelJHigdon) April 5, 2017
Harvard Law School lecturer:
I meanâ€¦ this is not a close call. If one of my students did this, Iâ€™d be required to report them. #Gorsuch pic.twitter.com/W4epSwqCGZ
â€” Ian Samuel ðŸŒ¹ (@isamuel) April 5, 2017
Former Attorney General Eric Holderâ€™s former spokesman:
So we’re just all going to pretend that this Gorsuch plagiarism thing didn’t happen?
â€” Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 5, 2017
Associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University:
Gorsuchâ€™s, uh, borrowing seems problematic enough to put off the vote. https://t.co/M30caenOVv
â€” Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) April 5, 2017
A contributing editor to Politico Magazine:
Plagiarism really should be the end of a Supreme Court nomination https://t.co/V51VhMZxIf
â€” Bill Scher (@billscher) April 5, 2017
Talking Points Memo Editor and Publisher offers a humorous response:
Premise of Gorsuch nom was he would copy Scalia’s writing, jurisprudence under his own signature. So not sure this is new development.
â€” Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 5, 2017
Philosophy graduate student at CUNY:
This is hilarious. The defense of this asshole was that he’s “qualified,” and he turns out to be a plagiarist. https://t.co/7yyls366i2
â€” David Nagy (@davidanagy3) April 5, 2017
Director of the UNiversity of Florida Center for Latin American Studies:
Gorsuch’s writings plagiarize other authors – my students would get reported to student judicial affairs for this https://t.co/RxYSOUm2CM
â€” Philip Williams (@pjwilliams59) April 5, 2017
Apparently ‘originalism’ is copying the original text and pretending it’s yours. https://t.co/KLeYJNha8Z
â€” Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) April 5, 2017
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‘Utter Cowardice’: Jim Jordan Blasted for Telling Reporter He Can’t Read Trump’s Violence-Threatening Post Without Glasses
Countless GOP lawmakers over the years have professed ignorance over Donald Trump’s tweets as reporters ask them to respond, often claiming they hadn’t read them, but House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan took that performance to a whole new level Friday afternoon.
NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur asked the Ohio Republican congressman to weigh in on Trump’s social media post threatening “potential death & destruction” if he gets indicted.
“Jordan said he hasn’t seen Trump’s post,” Kapur said via Twitter. “When I showed [it] to him on my phone, he said he can’t read well without his glasses.”
“He added he’s reviewing DA Bragg’s letter,” Kapur added.
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Jordan, who didn’t need glasses to appear on Fox Business just two days ago (photo) is getting blowback.
VICE News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich explained the progression.
“The stages of ignoring incitement,” he tweeted. “2016: I don’t respond to tweets —> 2018: I havent seen the tweet —-> 2023: I literally can’t see the tweet.”
“Utter cowardice,” declared former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh. “Not at all the @Jim_Jordan I knew & served with in Congress 10 yrs ago. Or…maybe it is.”
“The sheer dishonesty and cowardice of these people,” lamented MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, echoing Walsh’s remarks.
Government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics said the “extent to which Trump’s backers in Congress are going to not condemn [his] calls for violence are ludicrous.”
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Some tied Jordan’s inability to see the post to his apparent inability to see or remember all the Ohio State wrestlers who say they complained to Jordan when he was their assistant coach, about being sexually harassed or assaulted by the team doctor. To this day despite numerous reports and people publicly coming forward, Jordan denied it ever happened.
“Apparently, Jim Jordan is unable to see wrestlers being sexually abused or Donald Trump social media posts,” attorney and Republican turned Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted.
“Well, @Jim_Jordan has shown before that he has trouble seeing threats right in front of his nose, so this checks out,” tweeted historian Kevin M. Kruse.
But Jordan’s Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may have served up the best response: “Why do you need your glasses to condemn violence @Jim_Jordan?”
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It’s a bad day behind the scenes for Donald Trump.
First, his own attorney, Evan Corcoran, just past noon on Friday walked out of a federal court building after completing more than three hours of testimony before Special Counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of sensitive, classified, and top secret documents.
NOW: Trump attorney Evan Corcoran departs DC federal court house after testifying before a special cousnel grand jury for what appears to have been more than 3 hours. pic.twitter.com/LQN91gKDGo
— Rob Legare (@RobLegare) March 24, 2023
His testimony, compelled by a subpoena, is seen by a former top DOJ official as “the most critical evidence in the case,” and should “allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
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Prosecutors, citing the crime-fraud exception, were able to convince a federal judge that Trump likely committed a crime via his attorneys, enabling them to bypass attorney-client privilege.
Trump had strived to block Corcoran from testifying, but a federal judge and an appeals court, in an extraordinarily quick turnaround – some legal experts saying for reasons likely related to national security – ordered him to testify.
Also Friday, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell rejected Trump’s claims of executive privilege and ordered testimony before Special Counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury investigating Trump’s actions related to the January 6 insurrection from eight former top Trump White House aides.
Among them, Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller, and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Also, former national security adviser Robert O’Brien and former deputy chief of staff and social media director Dan Scavino, ABC News reports.
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Meadows is a former GOP congressman seen by many as integral to the events of January 6.
“Former Trump aides Nick Luna and John McEntee, along with former top DHS official Ken Cuccinelli, were also included in the order, the sources said,” according to ABC News.
Former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman weighed in, saying: “Another really big shoe drops: [Judge] Howell rejects Trump’s executive privilege claim and orders Mark Meadows and others to testify before Jan 6 [grand jury]. Meadows has really been able to stay on the sidelines. No more–even if he takes the 5th, which [would] then force [question] of immunity.”
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The Republican-majority U.S. House of Representatives Friday morning passed HR 5, the “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” legislation similar to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ laws that have led to book bans and targeting of LGBTQ children.
The bill passed 213-208, with 14 Members not voting. All yes votes were from Republicans only. Five Republicans joined Democrats to vote no.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of California warned the legislation “pits parents against parents.”
“The extreme MAGA H.R. 5 bill will let other parents dictate what books your child gets to read. It’ll make it easier for other parents to know if your child has an eating disorder, or is experiencing a mental health crisis,” Lieu warned.
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The extreme MAGA H.R. 5 bill will let other parents dictate what books your child gets to read. It’ll make it easier for other parents to know if your child has an eating disorder, or is experiencing a mental health crisis.
This bill pits parents against parents. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/T02sluBAzB
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) March 24, 2023
U.S> Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) warned, “H.R. 5 would codify Republican book bans all over the country. Stories of Holocaust survivors, enslaved Americans, and over 1,600 other stories have already been pulled from shelves.”
U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) said HR5 is “a vehicle for hate and political nonsense.”
.@RepMaxwellFrost on H.R. 5: “This bill is just a vehicle for hate and political nonsense…It's not about policy, it's about politics. It's not about freedom and liberty, it's about the fear of a problem that doesn't exist.”
The civil rights community opposes this legislation. pic.twitter.com/5eNd5MCNDa
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