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Why Is David Epstein Still a Columbia University Professor After Incest Plea?

Posted on | June 20, 2011 | 41 Comments

Jackie Carrero and Mikey Zhong of the Columbia Spectator note that David Epstein is still employed as a political science professor at Columbia University, even after he copped a guilty plea (to the misdemeanor of “attempted incest”) in connection with a case that made headlines in December.

Epstein, who had used his blog at Huffington Post to attack Sarah Palin, was arrested and charged with having sex with his adult daughter. And, as was reported at the time, “according to the criminal complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, professor David Epstein’s incest was committed between July 2006 and June 2009 at a University Apartment Housing building on 120th Street.”

So (a) it went on for three years, and (b) it happened on university property.

Neither the university nor Epstein has commented on the case since his May 10 guilty plea, but the question remains: If a professor committed such a crime on university property, wouldn’t Columbia be justified in firing Epstein? Surely such behavior violates some aspect of university policy, and yet it appears that Epstein remains a full-time faculty member in good standing.

The mind boggles . . .

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