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Guttenberg 'used Dr. title before earning it'

The Local · 23 Feb 2011, 11:55

Published: 23 Feb 2011 10:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Feb 2011 11:55 GMT+01:00

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Berlin chemist and former Bundeswehr officer Dr. Markus Kühbacher has filed a criminal complaint against Guttenberg for “title misuse,” daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

According to Kühbacher, Guttenberg was already introducing himself with the Dr. title in May 2007.

“And that even when Guttenberg first wrote the introduction to his dissertation in 2008, but at the time he already used the Dr. title,” he told the paper.

Guttenberg’s doctoral thesis wasn’t printed by publisher Verlag Duncker und Humblot until early 2009. According to university regulations, certificates that grant the title aren’t issued until the candidate presents official copies, the paper added.

“All German-language doctoral promotion regulations state that the dissertation must first be made available to the scientific public,” Kühbacher said.

Title misuse carries a sentence of up to one year in jail, the paper reported.

But later on Wednesday Guttenberg’s alma mater the University of Bayreuth rejected the claim. After he passed his oral exams in February 2007, Guttenberg was granted the right to carry the title early because he already had a contract with a publisher to print his dissertation.

This was a “totally normal procedure,” law professor Diethelm Klippel told news agency DAPD.

Meanwhile Kühbacher also said that Guttenberg should be disciplined for his alleged plagiarism of portions of his dissertation.

“All people are equal before the law,” he said.

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This week, Guttenberg asked for his doctorate to be scrapped and admitted to “serious errors,” but only after internet gumshoes on a Wiki page combed through the 475-page document to discover a number of sections had likely been taken from other sources without citation.

When the plagiarism allegations first emerged, Guttenberg, a leading member of Bavaria's conservative CSU party, called them “absurd.”

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11:13 February 23, 2011 by Surferjoe
Why is this guy still there?
11:25 February 23, 2011 by auniquecorn
All people are equal before the law!

That got me laughing.....
11:33 February 23, 2011 by François-Marie Arouet
Because there are enough people out there who will justify anything this guy does (just like the conservatives did in America with Bush Jr.).

The ever-changing arguments of the conservative (christians, who apparently don't think that the commandment 'don't lie' applies here) voters go from: "it was just a couple of mistakes" (before it was known the extent of the fraud) to "he is above everything a minister and in that area he is doing a good job" (inspite of the successive operational failures).

This man remains the most popular politician among conservative voters even he used the title before he earned it, he earned it abusing his office by employing tax-payed sources, he used these sources without reference, he plagiarized his thesis (wether 75% or 10% is irrelevant), when caught he ran away, only to call a fake press conference where it was told he was giving the real press conference to a few selected journalists, where we flunked his studied speech, he sobbed claiming it was hard to do it raising his family while working (since his millions were not enough) --- and still are enough stupid people who wil defend him to the end using all sort of arguments.
11:52 February 23, 2011 by The-ex-pat
The funny thing about titles here in Germany is the one person who is a doctor and who often cannot use this.......a doctor. Anywhere else is the world, a doctor is a doctor, but not in Germany, a doctor is only a Doctor if he has a Doctor, other wise he is only an Arzt..........now my head hurts!
12:11 February 23, 2011 by freechoice
a resignation from his government post is final outcome eventually.
12:29 February 23, 2011 by William Thirteen
the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
13:28 February 23, 2011 by auniquecorn
I´m bettin that this all will just quietly goes away and our good Dr. (oops), and zu Guttenberg will continue on his spoiled through life journey to the highest ranks of the german govt.
13:39 February 23, 2011 by Krim
I just noticed that his PhD supervisor got the "Budesverdienstkreuz". Under the leadeship of Merkel and Shavan, we have been witnessing many Professors getting the "Budesverdienstkreuz" and many colleagues are asking: for what ?

The question :

What are the criteria used to identify these candidates ?

May be help someone get a PhD ?

Just may be..... who knows ?
15:49 February 23, 2011 by Kayak
"Under the spotlight" - That's a great choice of story-picture! Let's have three cheers and a round of applause to the editorial staff at The Local!!!

Hip, hip - hooray!!

But can you find one of him standing in the gutter, next to a pile of refuse (abfall) or in front of a clean toilet?
16:20 February 23, 2011 by Johnne

though I´m a liberal free democrat to the bone & I´m not shy to say it loud, I like you as a person. I don´t like your "very conservative" values but I looked up to you as a politician of our generation (not being an old school conservative) but this?? IS unacceptable. You disapointed me bro. You dented the already dented image of the conservatives, exposing how corrupt & insecured you´ve always been. Sorry mate but as an ex-fan, I advice you to just drop it..I mean just...you know...resign. it´s not a big deal! sometimes we mess up & have to bear the consequencies. take a break, go enjoy the alps or Austria!
16:56 February 23, 2011 by TheBride
And it would seem that his thesis adviser, Prof Peter Häberle, didn't bother to read the dissertation either. How could a learned man such as Prof. Häberle not recognize such a large portion of plagiarized material? Is he not well read? To make matters more complicated, Guttenberg was awarded the highest grade of "summa cum laude" by the University of Bayreuth. There's more to this than meets the eye. Let's hear from the University--it will be interesting.
17:38 February 23, 2011 by munchingmuschiinmünchen
Well, if your family is one of the largest financial donors to the university, I assume you can get around things pretty much easily; like plagiarising a thesis, defending it in front of a committee who did not bother to read it in the first place and so on and so forth. Poor fella!
18:39 February 25, 2011 by Relaxed
I was amused on Wednesday when the dabate and questioning of Guttenberg took place. Why? Almost every politician who critisised him was calling him a liar and a cheat. I thought that 80% of politicians worldwide, in the UK even higher, were liars and cheats. Hipocrites as well!
02:49 February 26, 2011 by Surferjoe
He's still there. In spite of everything its amazing.
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