Palmer prosecutor quits after plagiarism charges revealed

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2002

PALMER - An assistant district attorney here has resigned after a school authorities in Vermont discovered she had plagiarized an article three years ago.

Kim Carnot, 26, who had worked in the Palmer office since August, resigned earlier this month after the Vermont Law School suspended her law and master's degrees because she plagiarized an article published in the school's law journal in 1999.

Dean Kinvin Wroth said officials didn't learn until this year the article, published in the Vermont Law Review in 1999, had been plagiarized.

Carnot originally submitted the piece about capital punishment for a class, and it was then selected for publication, Wroth said. The cheating was discovered when editors of another law journal noticed similarities between Carnot's piece and one published earlier in the Utah Law Review, he said. Carnot said she deeply regretted plagiarizing the article and was willing to accept the consequences.

"I didn't fight it with the school," she said. "I owned up to it. I was willing to take whatever punishment they thought necessary."

Carnot handled misdemeanor cases and a few minor felonies while at the Palmer office, said Palmer District Attorney Roman Kalytiak.

She will not be allowed to practice law in Alaska while her law degree is suspended, according to Alaska Bar Association rules.

She can apply to have the suspension of her degrees lifted after two years, Wroth said.

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