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Code of dishonor, The obesity defense

Students at the University of Texas drew up an “honor code,” in which they pledged not to cheat or commit plagiarism, by copying an honor code in effect at Brigham Young University.

Students at the University of Texas drew up an “honor code,” in which they pledged not to cheat or commit plagiarism, by copying an honor code in effect at Brigham Young University, which itself was copied from one at Clemson University. The incident illustrates a disturbing trend among students in the age of Google and Wikipedia, said Daniel Wueste, director of Clemson’s Rutland Center for Ethics. “Young people today have a different understanding of what in the way of ideas and words is property that can be taken without authorization.”

A New Jersey man on trial for murder is claiming he’s too fat to have committed the crime. Edward Ates, a former Marine, is accused of killing his former son-in-law over a child-custody dispute. But Ates’ lawyer, Walter Lesnevich, says the murder was a “commando-style killing” of which his 285-pound client would have been incapable. The court has now ordered a physical examination for Ates, after Lesnevich insisted the issue of Ates’ obesity was “critical to our defense.”

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