The case of the purloined paragraphs.

Author:Dodson, Angela P.
Position:Between the lines: the inside scoop on what's happening in the publishing industry - Brief Article

Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a professor at Harvard Law School, and the school have acknowledged that he somehow cribbed six unattributed paragraphs from a Yale colleague, Jack M. Balkin. They appeared in Ogletree's book All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (W. W. Norton & Company, April 2004). He was to be disciplined in some manner that was not disclosed, and he promised to correct the error in any future editions.

"I made a serious mistake during the editorial process of completing this book, and delegated too much responsibility to others during the final editing process," Ogletree wrote in a statement posted on the law school Web site, on September 3.

On the Web site Ogletree said: "The errors were avoidable and preventable, and I take full and complete responsibility for them." He said the insertion on pages 259 to 261 of his book, however, resulted when an assistant dropped an attribution to Balkin that another assistant had initially...

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