Senator John Walsh's name ground to dust, literally, over his plagiarism at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA
Sen. John Walsh's name has been removed from the U.S. Army War College's academic rolls and grinded from a plaque listing the members of the graduating class of 2007 after the college stripped him of his degree for plagiarism.
The announcement that the war college revoked the Montana Democrat's 2007 master's degree on Friday marked the end of a swift-moving controversy that began with a newspaper story in July and led to Walsh's withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race weeks later.
The review board's report found the plagiarism "egregious." A review of Walsh's paper by the school's director of communicative arts found little, if any, original language or research and that it was "primarily composed of verbatim liftings from other sources" presented as if they were Walsh's own work.
On October 11, 2014, The Patriot News/ Pennlive picked up an AP story Army War College finds senator committed 'egregious' plagiarism which included the following text
"In short, the paper was plagiarized and ... the plagiarism was intentional," the review board said in its report.
Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who appointed Walsh adjutant general, was among those who wrote a letter of support to the college's review board. Schweitzer told The Associated Press on Friday that Walsh should be judged on "a lifetime of leadership" based on his three-decade rise through the National Guard and service in Iraq.
"That was the John Walsh I selected, not the John Walsh that was a literary scholar or a person who understood the nuances of grammar and putting things in quotations," Schweitzer said.
See previous IPBiz posts, including
Major plagiarism scandal brewing as to Senator John Walsh
Plagiarism charge hampers Walsh's campaign in Montana
John Walsh and unintentional plagiarism