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He further notes that despite her representation of Travelers, where she “was listed as ‘Of Counsel’ on Travelers’ Supreme Court Brief, listing her Harvard Law School office as her office address,” it remained unclear whether she was actively licensed anywhere at that time.
Yesterday morning, Jacobson’s investigation bore fruit. Speaking to Boston’s 96.9 FM radio program “Jim and Margery,” Warren was forced to admit she is not licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. She further claimed that she does not maintain a law practice, and that she resigned from the New Jersey bar because “she could not keep up with the Continuing Education requirements” of that state.
Legally speaking, Warren has little to worry about. At most, she faces six months in jail and a fine of $100 for “unauthorized practice of law,” and/or “solicitation of business,” according to Massachusetts law. Yet her offense may be outside the six-year statute of limitation for the law, and her involvement with Travelers and other cases may have been at the federal level, absolving her from wrongdoing, if it cannot be proven that prep work for such cases was done in the state. Adding to the unlikelihood of her getting into trouble is the reality that such an investigation would be conducted by the state Attorney General’s office. That office is run by Martha Coakley, a fellow Democrat who lost to Scott Brown in the special Senate election of 2010 necessitated by the death of Ted Kennedy. And even if an investigation were pursued, the chance it would be completed before the election is virtually nil.
Furthermore, Warren has an obvious fallback position. In a profession where even the word “is” is subject to debate, the Democratic Senate candidate can claim that despite having an office in Cambridge, she has never actually told anyone she is a licensed attorney in that state–and the people who assumed she was have no one to blame but themselves for that mis-perception. Barring the appearance of someone willing to testify under oath to the contrary, such an assertion would seem to be viable. Weaselly, but viable.
On the other hand, for the second time in less that a year, Elizabeth Warren has been exposed as a fraud. Whether such dishonesty becomes a “game changer” in one of the bluer states in the nation, where Democrats maintain a 3:1 registration advantage over Republicans, remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen if the same mainstream media that has given Warren a big pass for her “Fauxcahontas” fiction will be as willing to dismiss this bit of news as readily as they did that one. It will be even more fascinating to see which Democrats, if any, come to the defense of a woman whose “biography” seemingly contains yet another chapter of fiction.
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