Ripped Off by the Best

Famous plagiarizer strikes close to home

Oddly, Posner wound up hiring attorney Mark Lane — the grandaddy of JFK conspiracy theorists — to threaten Miami New Times with a lawsuit for "tortious interference." See, Miami New Times claimed to find more instances of plagiarism in Posner's book, and the paper had the audacity to bring these claims to Posner's publisher.

That doesn't sound like tortious interference to me, but unlike Lane and Posner, I'm not an attorney. What does sound like tortious interference is a guy who repeatedly rips off other people's work and passes it off as his own. It's kind of funny that these two lawyers are able to find tortious interference when it comes to Posner's book-sale royalties, but when it comes to tortious interference with the truth, they couldn't care less.
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