Monday, December 11, 2006

How Much Is An "A" Worth?

According to CNN.com (AP) a Queens DA has filed charges against a college instructor for allegedly taking  "cash and wine" to change grades.  The instructor is also accused of telling a student to lie before a grand jury. The charges include "computer tampering and forgery." All of the charges are denied by the accused.

What is particularly good to see in this case is that the prosecution is not being advanced by federal authorities. Because of overcriminalization, federal prosecutors often have the discretion to proceed on a wide variety of cases. 

(esp) (w/ a hat tip to Dean Darby Dickerson) 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/whitecollarcrime_blog/2006/12/queens_da_goes_.html

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In law school, and "A" is worth quite a lot, considering that top law firms ONLY hire associates based on grades. Law school grading is one of the best examples of segregation and discrimination remaining in the educational system. Those who fail to get perfect grades are relegated to the ranks of the unemployed, or perhaps to a very small law firm. If asked, there are likely a great deal of law students who would happily purchase "A"s with wine, money, and other merchandise of interest to a professor.

Posted by: NH | Dec 13, 2006 5:10:24 PM

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