Yes, dear readers, it's about that time--time for more Amended Opinions: UTR Corrections and Clarifications. Article III Groupie's latest mistake is highly regrettable, but there is a silver lining to this cloud of error: today's correction flows from further federal judicial celebrity correspondence with A3G.
A few days ago, in this post, A3G discussed the recent visit of that Article III supernova, Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, to the law and economics workshop at Harvard Law School. Her post relied in large part upon the reporting of her blogosphere buddy Waddling Thunder, who provided this account of the event (which came to her attention via How Appealing).
Yesterday A3G received the following e-mail, which she reprints with the permission of its author:
To: Article III Groupie
From: Richard Posner [e-mail address omitted]
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 17:55:29 -0500
Dear Ms. Groupie, I believe the Harvard student misquoted me on the subject of plagiarism. What I recall saying at the Harvard law and economics workshop is the following, which was intended to be tongue in cheek, and not at all stinging:
"My paper meanders, but at least I wrote it myself. And while naturally I have not acknowledged my predecessors generously, neither have I made a wholesale appropriation of someone else's ideas. But while on the topic of not acknowledging predecessors generously, I have to say that although I cited Professor [Steven] Shavell's article on contract interpretation, I did not acknowledge the importance of the article in stimulating my own desire to explore the economics of contractual interpretation." (Professor Shavell is a good friend of mine and one of the two professors who run the Harvard law and economics workshop.)
This probably is not absolutely word for word what I said, because I was extemporizing, but unless I am much mistaken it is very close to what I actually said. I wish the bloggers (including you, Ms. Groupie) had checked with me before publishing the (alleged) quotation.
Not that it is a matter of any consequence.
Very truly yours, Richard A. Posner
Article III Groupie deeply regrets the error, and she thanks Judge Posner for bringing it to her attention. She apologizes to Judge Posner for the misquotation, and she hereby issues an official "Amended Opinions" correction (which she will append as an update to the original post).
Reversed and remanded, for proceedings not inconsistent with Judge Posner's e-mail,