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Turkewitz Hoax Redux: The Joke That Won't Die

On Friday, I posted about the rather elaborate (and well orchestrated) April Fools' Day prank pulled by blawger Eric Turkewitz. I ended my post by saying that, as time went on, "it should be fun to find out who was in on the joke, and who was suckered."

Now we know. Most of the law bloggers who perpetuated the story were co-conspirators, while The New York Times printed some news that wasn't fit, and displayed little to no sense of humor about having been played.

But it didn't end there. At Ethics Alarms, Jack Marshall posted that the hoax could constitute an ethics violation under New York disciplinary rules for lawyers, a notion that Turkewitz dismissed with aplomb. Which led Marshall to expand on his theory as to why White House Law Bloggergate (yeah, I made that up, and it's unwieldy, but I don't think it's an ethics violation) was a real issue. In that post, Marshall also went after some of the law bloggers who were in on the joke and/or subsequently came to Turkewitz's defense, including Scott Greenfield and Carolyn Elefant.

And the battle continues in the comments. LBW readers: Is Turkewitz a horrible, unethical human being? Is Marshall a humorless curmudgeon? Will the hoax result in the White House deciding that having a Law Blogger is really a good idea and hiring me?

Posted by Eric Lipman on April 6, 2010 at 01:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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