University Of Virginia: Epstein Will Not Enroll With Us

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One thing that struck us about The Karate Chop Heard ‘Round The Blogosphere was the news that the chopper–Marcus Epstein–is saying goodbye to Tom Tancredo and Pat Buchanan this summer to go to law school at the University of Virginia. Dave Weigel reported this, and Bay Buchanan told me the same thing.

But Jason Wu Trujillo, UVA’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, now says Epstein will not enroll this fall, or ever.

Trujillo couldn’t discuss the specifics of that decision, but it raises a question: The incident itself occurred on July 7, 2007, before Epstein applied, but the school requires applicants to disclose all criminal convictions.

Have you ever been convicted of any offense, excluding minor traffic violations which did not involve injury to others?

Are there any charges pending or expected to be brought against you?

….If, after you submit this application, you are charged with a criminal offense or disciplinary charges are brought against you, notify the Office of Admissions in writing immediately.

Now, suddenly, Epstein isn’t going to UVA anymore. Trujillo couldn’t comment further on the situation, saying that his office can only comment on students who are enrolled or intending to enroll at the school, and that Epstein fits neither description. Notably, though, he didn’t suggest that this was somehow the first he’d ever heard of Epstein. So, did Epstein omit the information from his application?

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