Two dozen instances over five years according to the Post, citing an investigation by a firm retained by the university. This’ll destroy her credibility on the stand so hopefully the D.A. won’t need her as a witness when they prosecute whoever left the noose on her door last year. Assuming they ever find a suspect, that is.

The plagiarism probe was already under way last year when a 4-foot twine noose was discovered on the door of psychology and education professor Madonna Constantine’s office, officials at the university’s Teachers College said…

Teachers College spokesman Joe Levine would not say how Constantine was punished, but college officials said her position is secure.

In a statement e-mailed to Bloomberg News Service yesterday, Constantine said she was the victim of a racist conspiracy.

The school accused her of plagiarism because of the “structural racism that pervades this institution,” she charged. “As one of only two tenured black women full professors at Teachers College, it pains me to conclude that I have been specifically and systematically targeted.”

Follow the link for reaction from one of her (alleged) victims, whom you’ll find not nearly as magnanimous as Deval Patrick. Or better yet, read through the Spectator’s report and keep an eye out for the quote of the day; someone’s got a job waiting for her in the Obama spin shop if she wants it. Exit question: How many dozen times do you have to plagiarize someone before Columbia thinks about firing you?

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