Monday, May 15, 2017

Flashback 2004 :Law professor Laurence Tribe apologizes for plagiarism in 1985 book

Flashback: The Washington Times reports:
A Harvard University law professor considered a potential Supreme Court nominee if a Democrat were elected president apologized Monday for plagiarism that was disclosed in a conservative magazine.

In a statement, Laurence H. Tribe, a constitutional scholar who represented Al Gore in his lawsuit over the 2000 presidential-election results, acknowledged that in his 1985 book, “God Save This Honorable Court,” he borrowed heavily from Henry J. Abraham’s 1974 book, “Justices and Presidents,” without giving proper credit.

At one point, Mr. Tribe lifted an exact 19-word passage from Mr. Abraham’s work.

“My well-meaning effort to write a book accessible to a lay audience through the omission of footnotes or endnotes — in contrast to the practice I have always followed in my scholarly writings — came at an unacceptable cost: my failure to attribute some of the material the Weekly Standard identified,” Mr. Tribe said.

At the same time, he held that he had praised Mr. Abraham’s book in “God Save This Honorable Court,” describing it as the “leading political history of Supreme Court appointments.”
Mr. Morals Laurence Tribe. No word yet on this story from Doris Kearns Goodwin or MSNBC's Mike Barnicle who are true experts on the subject of plagiarism. For you rookies out there: you can't get away with what Laurence Tribe has so stop being bitter.