Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Faces Plagiarism Charges

On Tuesday night, as the Senate began debate on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Politico reported that in a 2006 book and earlier academic articles, Gorsuch had “copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material,” throwing a last-minute charge of plagiarism into the bitter partisan confirmation battle. The White House said there was nothing improper in Gorsuch’s work, releasing supportive quotes from a handful of scholars who have worked with him or overseen his writing. But Politico contacted six other experts on academic integrity, and two of them said Gorsuch committed plagiarism, while a third said the federal appellate judge was guilty of legitimate borrowing that was maybe “sloppy” and “a little bit risky.”