Audacity: Pam Karlan Complains About Distortions

Left-wing Stanford Law Professor Pam has this letter to the editor in the Washington Post complaining that George Will distorted her Harvard Law Review article.  As a "scholar," she bemoans Will's characterization of her work.  She complains he wasn't precise in his language.

Takes one to know one.  Pam Karlan, the scholar, has published outright demonstrable falsehoods about the Bush administration's enforcement of voting rights laws.  She should be embarrassed and ashamed for publishing false statements in the Duke University Law review.  (Pamela S. Karlan, “Lessons Learned: Voting Rights and the Bush Administration,” 4 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol’y 17 (2009)).  She has no room to criticize George Will for imprecise language.  From my book Injustice (page 162):

"These arguments—that the Brown case was the first Section 2 case brought by the Bush DOJ, and that for five years no case was brought to protect minority voters—are common untruths told by critics of the Bush administration. Stanford Law professor Pam Karlan peddled this nonsense in a published law review article that falsely states 'for five of the eight years of the Bush Administration, [they] brought no Voting Rights Act cases of its own except for one case protecting white voters.' In a footnote, Karlan says she relied on Obama Voting Section chief Chris Herren for information for her article."

The Brown case was not the first case to protect voters under Section 2 brought by the Bush DOJ.  Nor was there ever a gap of five years where no case was brought to protect minority voters. Karlan is outright making things up. She entirely ignores multiple Section 2 cases.  As far as I know, Karlan has never corrected her errors, and her "scholarship" is still taken seriously by some.

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