Plagiarism and a Potty Mouth; Reporter Tweets Former Sheriff David Clarke’s Hostile Email Response

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Image Sheriff David Clarke via National Review

Daniel Bice, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, sent an email to Former Sheriff David Clarke questioning his decision on using round-the-clock security detail at his home. The Sheriff’s response was the F-bomb.

On September 13th, Bice emailed Clarke with a list of three questions. He began by stating, “Fran McLaughlin said today that the sheriff’s office is ending the round-the-clock security detail at your house. I have a few questions for you: 1. Do you agree with this decision? 2. It has cost taxpayers more than $226,000 to provide this security to your house. Was this a wise use of taxpayer dollars? 3. Are you hiring private security now that the county is not providing this detail? Thanks, Dan”

Clarke’s response: “(Expletive- F***) you and the horse you rode in on.’ I’m David Clarke and I approve this message.”

Daniel Bice’s email  Via Journal Sentinel

Clarke is also known for his controversial comments calling the Black Lives Matter movement “purveyors of hate.” He faced backlash for his management of a Milwaukee County Jail in which an inmate died of dehydration after going a week without water, according to Milwaukee Journal.

Former Sheriff David Clarke Accused of Plagiarizing 2013 Master’s Thesis 

In May 2017, Clarke announced that the Trump administration tapped him to join as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. During that time, CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski stated that Clarke plagiarized his 2013 Master’s thesis. A spokesman informed CNN that he was no longer being considered for the position.

Similarly, Monica Crowley was slated to join the Trump administration as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council.  After accusations of plagiarizing her Ph.D. dissertation and a 2012 published book, Crowley announced that she would not take the position.

“Plagiarism itself isn’t generally a capital political crime; plagiarism that suggests other foibles and character flaws can be,” according to Aaron Blake, Washington Post. Crowley and Clarke’s position did not require confirmation. Hence, if President Trump wanted them for the position, the accusations wouldn’t derail their job.

Consequences of Plagiarism 

Although many people think plagiarism isn’t a criminal offense, there are legal repercussions including monetary damages and prison time. Plagiarism may be serious.  When someone uses another person’s work without permission, citation or reference, it is a personal, professional, ethical and perhaps a legal issue.

Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. There are negative consequences for plagiarism.  We saw the implications when Melania Trump lifted Michelle Obama’s speech.

The advancement of technology may detect plagiarism right away.  A skilled attorney can represent clients when copyright laws are broken. An experienced attorney is an expert in executing legal and binding contracts.

If you have any questions about plagiarism/copyright violations or violations of your published written work, your first step should be to contact an attorney.

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