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Senator Rand Paul Faces New Charges of Plagiarism

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who in recent weeks has had to explain how Wikipedia entries came to be incorporated into his speeches with no attribution, faced charges of direct plagiarism on Monday night.
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Senator Rand Paul Is Accused of Plagiarizing His Lines From Wikipedia (October 31, 2013)
In an op-ed article he wrote for The Washington Times in September on mandatory minimum prison sentences, Mr. Paul, a Republican, appears to have copied language from an essay that had previously run in The Week magazine.

That article, written by Dan Stewart, an editor for The Week, included this sentence: “America now jails a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country, including China and Iran, at the staggering cost of $80 billion a year.” It was posted to the web on Sept. 14.

On Sept. 20, Mr. Paul wrote this: “America now jails a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country, including China and Iran, at the staggering cost of $80 billion a year.”

Mr. Paul’s article also mentioned a case involving a Florida man, John Horner, who was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years for selling painkillers. “John will be 72 years old by the time he is released, and his three young children will have grown up without him,” Mr. Paul wrote.

Mr. Stewart’s version: “He will be 72 by the time he is released, and his three young children will have grown up without him.”

Aides to Mr. Paul declined to comment about the apparent plagiarism, which was first reported by BuzzFeed.

After reports that Mr. Paul used word-for-word Wikipedia entries in a speech last week, his advisers, when confronted with additional examples of his using the language of others without attribution, told Politico that he would be “more cautious in presenting and attributing sources.”

In an interview on the ABC News program “This Week” on Sunday, Mr. Paul acknowledged he had been “sloppy” but also lashed out.

“I think I’m being unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters,” he said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/us/politics/senator-rand-p...



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