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    Were charges of “scientific misconduct” against Elizabeth Warren ever fully vetted?

    Were charges of “scientific misconduct” against Elizabeth Warren ever fully vetted?

    On June 4, I wrote that The vetting of Elizabeth Warren’s academic background begins.

    That post featured a scathing law review article by a well-regarded Rutgers law professor in 1990-1991 who accused Elizabeth Warren and her co-authors of a book on bankruptcy of a wide range of academic offenses.  From my post:

    In those 60 pages, Professor [Philip] Shuchman demonstrates time and again how Warren and her co-authors jumped to conclusions, proclaimed new findings which were not new, and most importantly, ignored or did not accurately reflect data…. Professor Shuchman went even further (at pp. 243-244), and suggested that the data was presented in such a way as to preclude verification.

    The Rutgers Law Review article was found by Michael Patrick Leahy of  After Leahy’s article was published, he dug deeper into investigations of the allegations, which also were directed at Teresa Sullivan, one of Warren’s co-authors and who until Sunday when she stepped down, was President of the University of Virginia.

    Here’s an overview of Leahy’s findings, in his post late today, The Academic Scandal Elizabeth Warren and Harvard Don’t Want You to Know About

    Twenty-two years later, Professor Shuchman’s charges of “scientific misconduct” against Elizabeth Warren and her co-authors remain publicly unanswered and unresolved. These unresolved charges associated with her first major book raise continue to raise questions that hang over Elizabeth Warren’s entire body of academic work.

    The next three articles in this series will address the conduct of three institutions enmeshed in this scandal: The University of Texas, the National Science Foundation, and Harvard University.

    Sooner or later Elizabeth Warren will have to answer for her claims of minority, Native American and “woman of color status.”  And she will have to explain a lot more than that.


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    l’m a 65 year old layman , just a smattering of college , no degree. However l have been paying attention. The govt. is just to damn big & into to many areas period. Given this fact is why there are all these lnterest Fiefdoms. We need a Constitutional Amendment that limits govt to be no more than 18% of GNP. Section 2 of it would limit elective office to 10 years at which point the officeholder would leave office for a period of 5 years during which they would not be involved with govt. Something that could be done immediatly by new congress would be end baseline budgeting.

    stevewhitemd | June 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I find it very interesting that Teresa Sullivan is stepping down at UVa. She was highly regarded there and her departure is certainly abrupt.

    Now it could be, as the Virginian Pilot article states, that it’s all about questions of direction, control and the future of the university, with her on one side and the Board of Directors on the other.

    But such disputes generally drag for a while, because removing a university president, particularly the president of a state’s premier university and a Top 30 national university, is a pretty drastic step.

    But a whiff, the merest whiff of fraud? Oh, the Directors will cauterize that wound in a heartbeat.

    So it’s very interesting that Prof. Warren’s co-author is out of a job. Suddenly. Makes me want to see what else Pres. Sullivan wrote, and with whom, and see what sort of overlaps exist.

      creeper in reply to stevewhitemd. | June 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      I’m getting sick and tired of people saying someone who was caught with her hand in the cookie jar was “highly regarded”. By whom? For what?

      Kinda like the imposter in the White House who was so “highly regarded” the entire record of his academic life had to be locked up.

      That phrase is so nebulous as to be meaningless.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to stevewhitemd. | June 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      She didn’t suddenly raise academic requirements for the semi-pro university football team, did she?

      JayDick in reply to stevewhitemd. | June 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I read a similar article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. No mention, of course, of the 20-year old study. Could that have been a factor?

    creeper | June 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Keep pounding on it, Professor. Sooner or later that nut’s gonna crack.

    Doug Wright | June 12, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Ah, so wonderful to see the facts and truth being smashed onto Warren’s smouldering mess of lies. With great care, this can be built up into a raging bonfire of Warren’s vanity.

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