Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to join the US Supreme Court, has been accused of including language from other authors in his writing without proper attribution.
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.”