Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch accused of plagiarism

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 31: Judge Neil Gorsuch delivers brief remarks after being nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court with his wife Marie Louise Gorshuch during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

According to a report by Politico, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch plagiarized several passages for his book and an academic article.

In the tenth chapter of his book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” Gorsuch apparently lifted passages verbatim from 1984 article in the Indiana Law Journal without citing the article. Additionally, there were other sections of the book as well as a scholarly article that was published in 2000 that borrowed heavily from other publications without citing them properly.

“Each of the individual incidents constitutes a violation of academic ethics. I’ve never seen a college plagiarism code that this would not be in violation of,” said Rebecca Moore Howard, a Syracuse University professor who has written extensively on the issue.

However, on Tuesday, the White House insisted that there was no impropriety issue on this matter.

“This false attack has been strongly refuted by highly-regarded academic experts, including those who reviewed, professionally examined, and edited Judge Gorsuch’s scholarly writings, and even the author of the main piece cited in the false attack,” said White House spokesman Steven Cheung. “There 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.”

 

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