July 14th, 2010
09:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Plagiarism charges dog Colorado gubernatorial candidate

 Republican candidate and prominent Colorado lawyer Scott McInnis has apologized for plagiarizing the work of state Supreme Court justice.
Republican candidate and prominent Colorado lawyer Scott McInnis has apologized for plagiarizing the work of state Supreme Court justice.

(CNN) – The leading Republican gubernatorial candidate in Colorado apologized Tuesday for lifting passages from the writings of a state Supreme Court justice without attribution and is now staving off calls to quit the race.

Republican candidate and prominent Colorado lawyer Scott McInnis privately apologized to Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs Tuesday for using several passages of Hobbs' work in producing a series of essays for which he was paid $300,000 to write, according to the Associated Press.

A spokesman for McInnis called the plagiarism a "serious mistake" and "completely regrettable."

But speaking to Denver television station 9News Tuesday, McInnis called the story a non-issue.

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