Missoulian: Plagiarism Derails Montana Justice's Hope for Advancement

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A Montana Justice of the Peace, vying to become a District Court Judge in her state, has been bounced from the shortlist of candidates in the wake of a plagiarism charge.

This morning's Missoulian reports that Lake County Justice of the Peace JoAnn "Joey" Jayne had applied to replace an outgoing 20th Judicial District Court Judge, but questions arose whether Jayne's writing samples were original. Jayne said the allegations stemmed from "an inadvertent mistake made in her haste to finish her application packet," according to the Missoulian.

It turns out that Jayne submitted a court filing as part of her application packet, but the court filing was written by someone else. In fact, it was written by a partner of a Montana attorney who is also an applicant for the district judge position.

“Now that I reread the application instructions for a writing sample, I do concede that the writing I submitted is not my original writing,” said Jayne. “It was never my intention, desire, or plan to be fraudulent in my application as I uphold my occupation as an attorney, judge, and my citizenship with great responsibility, respect, diligence, and honesty."

Jayne was elected as Lake County Justice of the Peace in 2011.