Trump Supreme Court Nominee Hit With Major Plagiarism Scandal – Here We Go

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Does the Senate want a Supreme Court Judge who is guilty of plagiarism? Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, who may have lifted a big chunk of his 2006 book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia from another author. What would that say about the integrity of a man possibly spending up to three decades along side the greats, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Gorsuch is currently a federal appellate judge on the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. According to Snopes, he wrote about a “Baby Doe” in a way that duplicates an article by Abigail Lawlis Kuzma, which she wrote for the Indiana Law Journal in 1984. BuzzFeed indicated that Gorsuch’s 2004 Oxford University dissertation was the basis for his book. Both Buzzfeed and Politico gave examples of Gorsuch’s uncited writing, which were very close to other authors’ work.

Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung call plagiarism allegations a “desperate” reason to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination. Snopes reported he called it:

‘Baseless, last-second smear of Judge Gorsuch.’

The Senate has schedule a vote on Gorsuch for April 6th. Democratic senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon accused the Republicans of “stealing” President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland by refusing to even give him a hearing, let alone an up or down vote. The senator reflects the views of a majority of Democrats.

Regarding claims of Gorsuch’s plagarism, Associate professor of law at Campbell University Elizabeth Berenguerreed said the similarity to Korza’s writing could be reason enough to investigate for legal and/or academic standards. According to Snopes, she said:

‘I would apply an academic writing standard. Even if it were a legal opinion, it would be plagiarism under either.’

The current administration released a statement from Gorsuch’s dissertation supervisor Oxford Emeritus Professor John Finnis. Snopes reported it read:

‘None of the allegations has any substance or justification. In all the instances mentioned, Neil Gorsuch’s writing and citing was easily and well within the proper and accepted standards of scholarly research and writing in the field of study in which he and I work.’

Oxford University defines “plagiarism” as:

‘Verbatim quotation without clear acknowledgement…Paraphrasing the work of others by altering a few words and changing their order or by closely following the structure of their argument, is plagiarism because you are deriving your words and ideas from their work without giving due acknowledgement.’

Check out this video of Senator Jeff Merkley on the floor protesting Gorsuch’s nomination:

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