Sunday, December 4, 2005

Indiana University-Indianapolis Law School Professor Caught in Lie

William C. Bradford claimed he was an Army veteran who won a silver star during Desert Storm. He argued his military background and support for the war caused leftist professors to vote against his tenure. Indianapolis Star columnist Ruth Holladay gave him an outlet to tell his story in a column which appeared in June. He made national headlines as many conservative commentators took up his cause. He even appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" show. As it turns out, he was not in Desert Storm, never served as an active soldier in the army, and never received a silver star. To her credit, Ruth Holladay admits her error of allowing her column to relay Bradford's lies. I doubt Bill O'Reilly or the other conservative pundits who defended Bradford will do the same.

Bradford resigned his position.

Indianapolis Star

Update: Here is the original column by Holladay. I think Professors Mitchell and Roisman are owed an apology.

8 Comments:

Blogger justin barker said...

Excelent. What a jerk.

December 04, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how hard can it be to look this stuff up? Why would the various news outlets just believe some random guy?

(eb)

December 04, 2005  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

I've always thought Ruth Holliday was kind of a tool. Also, I'm sure the right wingers will blame the messenger and say that former soldier law grad is unpatriotic for pushing to learn the truth.

December 04, 2005  
Blogger Moulton said...

Anybody who posts their screed on a blog is obviously a sham and a fraud.

December 04, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only did he post screeds on the blog, he did so anonymously, engaging in very nasty personal attacks on those who questioned his claims. It's really very sad, actually, but inexcusable on Professor Bradford's part. There is no question that he owes a huge apology to Profs. Roisman and Mitchell.

December 05, 2005  
Blogger indygirl said...

Seriously. What a jerk. Who would do that?

December 05, 2005  
Blogger lemming said...

He's not the first and he won't be the last. Thirty years ago, skipping military service was a bonus. Now it's a mark of shame and people jump in to claim what they have not done. (Joseph Ellis, anyone?)

With appologies to Billy Joel,

"Honesty - is such a lonely word..."

December 05, 2005  
Blogger Moulton said...

'Ethical Lawyer' is an oxymoron.

If a person is truly ethical, she cannot be a lawyer, since the practice of law is an inherently unethical practice.

Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle were among the first to rigorously document this lamentable and chagrinworthy observation.

More recently, Henri Poincaré and Edward Lorentz rigorously demonstrated that rule-driven systems are inherently chaotic and disorderly processes.

Dick Wolfe turned that observation into a highly successful TV franchise called Hammurabism and Heart-Pounding High Drama.

December 07, 2005  

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