Jan 19, 2011 8:57 AM by Bea Karnes

Colorado lawmakers to hear from plagiarized justice

DENVER (AP)-A Colorado Supreme Court justice who inadvertently derailed the hopes of a Republican gubernatorial candidate last year is giving lawmakers the real deal in a briefing on water law.

Gregory Hobbs is the jurist whose 1984 essay on water was plagiarized by GOP governor hopeful Scott McInnis. After the plagiarism was reported last summer, McInnis was defeated in a Republican primary.

Hobbs now serves on the state's highest court. Hobbs was scheduled to brief lawmakers on agriculture committees Wednesday about Colorado water laws and water courts.

McInnis apologized for the plagiarism but called it a "nonissue" before GOP voters ended his gubernatorial campaign in an August primary. Hobbs hasn't spoken publicly about the plagiarism.



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